Pell cash-for-calumny file handed to hotel quarantine squad

FOLLOWING the highly predictable decision by VicPol to run dead on Gategate, on Friday Austrac confirmed to Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells that Vatican payments to an as yet unnamed party in Victoria – allegedly in connection to the infamous prosecution of George Pell – were a “serious crime” red flag:

Australia’s international financial watchdog considers information on mysterious money transfers from the Vatican to Victoria, allegedly to influence the trial of Cardinal George Pell, as “actionable financial intelligence of serious crime”…

The Australian on Thursday revealed Vatican prosecutors ­investigating unauthorised ­financial transfers had been given details of more than $2m wired to Australia between February 2017 and June 2018 — almost double the $1.1m reported by Italian newspapers and The Times of London.

There were four transactions in that period, the first for more than a quarter of a million euros from the Vatican’s secretariat of state in February 2017, according to documents being considered by Vatican investigators.

The second came from the secretariat in May 2017, while the third and fourth totalled more than €800,000 and were sent in December 2017 and June 2018.

 
The timing of the transfers exactly matched the most crucial events in the Get Pell travesty:

The four transfers connected to the Vatican secretariat covered the period from when Victorian police were preparing briefs for charges against the cardinal up to the committal hearing and two trials.

After examining the transfers, Austrac deemed there was “actionable financial intelligence” in relation to serious crime. It sent ­secret details to the AFP and Victoria Police for investigation. So, Austrac has confirmed the existence of suspect money transfers from Italy and considered them serious enough to be investigated.

 
For some reason, in neither of these two reports filed last night by Dennis Shanahan is any mention made of the fact that Victoria Police has announced it will not conduct any investigations. Reported exclusively by the left-wing Guardian yesterday, VicPol’s explanation for a peremptory shut-down misrepresents the Commonwealth’s top financial intelligence agency: “[Austrac] have not advised Victoria police of any suspicious activity related to these transactions,” a spokesman said. That is disingenuous. Austrac does not have the power to investigate the uses made of those monies by the recipients. In other words, VicPol is saying there is no suspicious activity associated with the transfers because it refuses to look for suspicious activity associated with the transfers. This is like ringing triple-0 to report a robbery and being informed the police can’t get involved because they have no proof of a robbery. For the get-square prosecution of Cardinal Pell, by contrast, VicPol aggressively advertised and trawled for “witnesses” – for months. These “witnesses” turned out to be ex-cons, drug dealers, a convicted woman basher, oddball chancers and artful charlatans.

Ergo: A pincer of official indifference

Notwithstanding the well-earned crooked reputation of Victoria Police, the fact that the Austrac intelligence has also been handed to the AFP and Victoria’s Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission means we can be reasonably sure no Vatican monies were paid into the accounts of Victorian public officials. There is now far too much oversight from other agencies for VicPol to bury such corruption. In the lynch mob atmosphere created by an anti-Catholic Royal Commission, an anti-Catholic ABC, an anti-Catholic police hierarchy and an anti-Catholic government, bribes were unnecessary. All of the hatred was pro bono. Two things follow from this premise: 1) if the mystery money was transferred to any entity tangentially involved in the Get Pell scrum, that entity was a private one – which means IBAC won’t take any action either; 2) the episode’s leftovers will be on the AFP’s plate and will be centered only on taxation issues and the status at law of the misappropriated euros. Rollo Tomasi, baby. He’s the guy who gets away with it. Unless, that is, a parliamentarian and/or a journalist investigates the private recipient and asks point blank how the money was spent.

Finally, a reminder: Cardinal George Pell AC is an innocent man. More than that, he is a Christian hero for the ages. If millions of dollars really were sent to Australia to repair a gate, it will not be an ah-ha moment for his vicious, lying enemies. He won.

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37 Responses to Pell cash-for-calumny file handed to hotel quarantine squad

  1. Up The Workers!

    On the other hand, could it be mere coincidence that the bloke who ran Deadly Dan’s blinkered “Get Pell Squad” stitch-up, and the bloke who is now Deadly Dan’s Chief Commissioner for Head-Stompings and Granny Bashings, and the bloke who just said “VicPol couldn’t be bothered investigating this crime” and one of the prime suspects in any properly-conducted investigation of the whereabouts of Becciu’s allegedly stolen bribe-cash could theoretically, in all likelihood, be one and the same person?

  2. Leigh Lowe

    Unless, that is, a parliamentarian and/or a journalist investigates the private recipient and asks point blank how the money was spent.

    Or, unless a parliamentarian decides to name the recipients under privilege and question why the Vatican might be paying them.

  3. Nob

    All of the hatred was pro bono

    Excellent turn of phrase.

    The Becciu transfer might be something, or it might be nothing.
    It might boost Pell’s case or detract from it.
    The scandal is the incuriosity of the Australian media and law enforcement establishment.

  4. Walter Plinge

    Surely the obvious obvious solution would be for Vicpol to advertise for benefkiciaries of the money to come forward.

    A couple of weeks ago Andrew Bolt hinted at betterment. Perhaps that’s something for the ATO to pursue.

  5. VicPol will not investigate.
    If they did did they would expose the stink of their baseless pursuit and persecution of Pell.

    In any event, resources are required to batter down the residences of those who post a criticism of Chairman Dan’s house arrest of the citizenry.

  6. Perfidious Albino

    I fear your analysis is correct CL, we shouldn’t get our hopes up. However, IBAC exists specifically to investigate the public service and police – why would Austrac even bother referring it to them in the first place if it were already known not to involve the public sector or police?

    VicPol’s current form is to deny, deny, obfuscate, deny, parse, deny regardless of what we can see with our own eyes, demonstrably corrupt and politicised, so if anything their ‘all too quick’ decision not to investigate suggests there could well be something to investigate, even if it’s just something prejudicial to their ‘get Pell’ scam more generally.

    Also, with these people I don’t think ‘pro bono hate’ and getting a ‘pay day’ as well are necessarily mutually exclusive.

  7. Suburban Boy

    There are two plausible targets for an IBAC investigation: VicPol and OPP. No other Victorian government agencies (as far as I can guess) had any connection to the Pell case, while these two were, obviously, up to their armpits in it.

    Of the two, VicPol is certainly the more likely. But if OPP had acted honestly and fairly the prosecutions would never have been run.

  8. Penguinite

    No! VICPOL, your response just will not do. It’s pathetic! Or do you already know the Who, What, When of this transfer of allegedly, misappropriated, Vatican 2 million AU$$$? Your image, over the Pell affair, is already severely tarnished and this lackadaisical attitude only serves to compound it!

  9. Rafiki

    CL’s point 1 about what follows from the premise that no public body is the recipient starts with an “if” that points to some private individual(s) being the recipient. Leigh Lowe seems to know who they are or, perhaps are thought to be.

    At this point this has to be speculative, and as Nob notes, may be wrong. No harm could result from speculating on the Cat, but theories about case might be cast more widely. Here’s a couple from me: is the fact that the Nuncio a Filipino relevant? Is there a Phillipines connection? Or was the money placed with an ally of the sender to somehow further the matter’s interests?

  10. Rafiki

    The ‘latter’s interests.

    An Italian newspaper makes the Pell connection, but this might be incorrect. Or even a blind to send investigator’s up the wrong track. All possibilities are on the table at present

  11. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Does VicPol run any charities or outreach? Financially at arms length?

    Perhaps the money can be located there?

  12. Professor Fred Lenin

    Surely the government keeps track of foreign money entering Australia ? If not we coukd end up with a Biden situation ,corruption in high places ,or is that ok with the elite ? Do they regard it as another source of personal wealth ?
    Seems our elite do not need lessons from the American Democrims party .
    Wonder how many people of influence China owns here , shades of professor manning clarke .

  13. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    CL, I also love your descriptors of those sought by VicPol – “These “witnesses” turned out to be ex-cons, drug dealers, a convicted woman basher, oddball chancers and artful charlatans.”

    An artful charlatan sounds about right.

  14. mem

    There are two plausible targets for an IBAC investigation: VicPol and OPP. No other Victorian government agencies (as far as I can guess) had any connection to the Pell case, while these two were, obviously, up to their armpits in it.

    There is of course one more organisation and individuals within that organisation that ran hard on Pell to promote his guilt. That being the ABC. The publishing of a book by an individual would also have required significant costs for research, legal advice and publishing. Just saying.

  15. Nighthawk the Elder

    Penguinite
    #3631950, posted on October 25, 2020 at 8:22 am

    Vic Stasi’s reputation is already shot, not jut as a result of its appalling behaviour in the Pell case, but also in their Orwellian antics with enforcing the Dictator’s lock downs in VicDanistan.

  16. Roger

    Too early to dismiss the IBAC angle.

  17. candy

    Someone or some entity received stolen monies, a couple of million dollars.

    If they were legit and working for public good and thinking the money was a lawful donation they would surely make themselves known. Why not just say so. Why the secrecy?

  18. Professor Fred Lenin

    The media is never curious about leftists ,there is some false rumour the Creepy Joe Biden was involved in some sort of bribe thing ,its a Russian hoax of course , like the one Hilarity paid for ,oops sorry ,Hilarity exposed. So the High Court was really wrong interfering ,the media had , with the able assistance of Vicpol , had already convicted him , end of story . There was no Vatican money,just as Biden is an honest man who doesnt lie .

  19. Old Lefty

    Perhaps there is an innocent explanation and Becciu thought it was for repairs at the nunciature by a company called Broken Gates. 😉

  20. Old Lefty

    Right you are, Fred. Notice how the ABC and former Fairfax coverage of Ghislaine Maxwell is all about Prince Andrew and the royal family and doesn’t mention the Clintons or other members of the left-liberal establishment.

  21. H B Bear

    Seriously, have you seen some of the quotes from those DIY gardening guys. $2m sounds about right.

  22. H B Bear

    Old Lefty. Standard running instructions. Slick Willy probably thought Lolita Express was another one of the cut price airlines. Innocent mistake.

  23. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    So the governments set up fierce little watchdog fiefdoms aplenty – Austrac, IBAC, AFP, VICPOL, GTHO, GTRXU1 – and they pass the ball one to the other until the headlines refocus on Her Majesty Princess Meghan bonking the stablehand and Harry necking himself, or Eddie’s latest gaff about blackfellas on morning radio. At that point they send the file to archives.

    Their job is to do nothing.

  24. Old Lefty

    Before anyone gets carried away about the I in IBAC, note that the chairman is Mr Robert Redlich QC. Does the name ring a bell? Well, for a start, Holding Redlich are the law firm that acts for the ALP party machine.

  25. Boambee John

    Old Lefty

    A variation on an old joke.

    In cest, a game the whole Labor family can play

  26. Petros

    Not just anti-Catholic, CL, but anti-Christian in general.

  27. Lawrence Ayres

    Sounds as if law enforcement here is no different to law enforcement in the US. Both will run dead on leftist causes but pursue to ridiculous extremes any right winger . The swamp here is just as riven with leftist/Marxist ideology but we have no Trump to fight it. Abbott looked like the man but goofed and then the anti-Christ Turnbull came along spurred on by the anti-gun Howard. Even our conservative party is full of socialists.

  28. Rockdoctor

    Before anyone gets carried away about the I in IBAC, note that the chairman is Mr Robert Redlich QC. Does the name ring a bell? Well, for a start, Holding Redlich are the law firm that acts for the ALP party machine.

    Don’t care how eminent he may be that to me is a conflict of interest.

  29. feelthebern

    In other words, VicPol is saying there is no suspicious activity associated with the transfers because it refuses to look for suspicious activity associated with the transfers.

    This.

  30. Lee

    Before anyone gets carried away about the I in IBAC, note that the chairman is Mr Robert Redlich QC. Does the name ring a bell? Well, for a start, Holding Redlich are the law firm that acts for the ALP party machine.

    Don’t care how eminent he may be that to me is a conflict of interest.

    I agree.
    Remember how lefties and Labor were absolutely infuriated with Dyson Heydon, who was heading up the Royal Commission into union corruption?
    And that was merely for accepting an invitation to a Liberal party function or dinner, which he later regretted accepting.

  31. Suburban Boy

    mem, no-one who comments on this blog hates and despises the ABC more than I do, and I know that’s saying a lot.

    Unlike many here, I do not support privatising the ABC. Why? Because I do not believe it should exist under any ownership, government or not.

    If a bunch of hard-left agitators want to run a propaganda outfit, they can bloody well start one themselves from the ground up, not get a springboard from the Australian Government. The ABC should be not just defunded but liquidated, its staff sacked and its program library destroyed. Corporatio delenda est, as Cato the Censor might have said – and the emphasis is squarely in delenda.

    But the ABC is not a Victorian government entity, so IBAC has no jurisdiction over it – that is why I didn’t include it along with VicPol and OPP.

  32. Michael A

    I would add that Daniel Andrews appointed Katie Miller as the director investigating all police misconduct under IBAC. In 2015 as head of the law institute she gave Findlay McRae, head of police legal services the President‘s award for best lawyer.

    On a separate point perhaps the real reason that Vicpol doesn’t want to investigate the bribery of witnesses or jurors is that the money came not from the Vatican but the 3.5 billion budget of Vicpol. It wouldn’t be the first time. In 2010 Lawyer X Nicola Gobbo was paid millions to keep quiet with the payments authorised by the Labor Party, just in time for the 2010 election.

    Were the Liberals ever told about Lawyer X and these payments? Just curious.

  33. Rob

    Could the Austrac brief be obtained by a Senate committee or even released by a whistleblower?

  34. Old Lefty

    The IBAC also ‘found’ that there was no evidence that the police had leaked against Pell. I rest my case.

  35. Syd Gal

    And where do we find details of costs for Cdl Pell’s committal, 2 trials, appeal and HCA matters and who paid for this? I wrote to the PM’s office months ago to ask this and to express concern about the investigation and prosecution of Cdl Pell, but my letter was referred to the AG’s office who told me to contact the Vic AG and Minister for Crime Prevention!

    I also don’t understand why the exhibits (transcripts and witness statements) from the recently released Report on Case No 43 (Newcastle/Maitland) of the Royal Commission into Institutional Reponses to Child are not linked on the RC website.

  36. Old Lefty

    The answer to your second question, Syd Gal, is that the RC withholds any evidence that might not support its predetermined conclusions.

    One of the most prolific abusers in Newcastle and the Hunter was a state high school teacher named Peter Boys; when he was jailed in the 1990s the judge said there were more than 35 victims, and there are many unanswered questions about the education department’s failure to act on warnings about him. So where, pray, is the RC case study on him? Where for that matter are Joanne McCarthy and the ABC? Down the Memory Hole! And despite Boys’ name, he was into female pupils, so the can’t even scream homophobe at anyone who asked about the case.

  37. Syd Gal

    Old Lefty – I rang the Fed AG office re Case No 43 exhibits on the RC website. I was told that it is too time consuming to link the exhibits (one searches for them by keyword or date of transcript in the Document Library) and that I should be able to find them on the “Way Back Machine” whatever that is.

    I said this is quite different from the recently released redacted reports for Melbourne and Ballarat where thousands of exhibits are available. He said the Royal Commission was told by state prosecutors that Melbourne and Ballarat exhibits could be linked but not Newcastle/Maitland.

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