Friday, March 25, 2011

Standen trial: Australians imbeciles Dutch drug gang says

Geesche Jacobsen March 25, 2011

The Australian participants in an alleged conspiracy to import pseudoephedrine to Australia were regarded as "a bunch of imbeciles" by a Dutch drug syndicate.

The convicted British drug trafficker James Henry Kinch

The gang was allegedly organising a test shipment of rice from Pakistan - which arrived in Sydney on October 4, 2007 - ahead of another shipment that was allegedly intended to contain the real precursor.

Former Crime Commission investigator Mark Standen is accused of conspiring with informer James Kinch and businessman Bill Jalalaty to import the pseudoephedrine and to pervert the course of justice.

Mr Standen is also accused of taking part in the supply of 300 kilograms of the substance.

The Supreme Court heard yesterday that Mr Jalalaty had negotiated with the wrong people about the rice shipment while those he was meant to talk to complained about trouble contacting him.

The container remained on the wharf in Sydney amid confusion about the whereabouts of a payment Mr Jalalaty had made for the shipment and about the necessary documents needed to clear it.

Even after being told to contact only one man known as Rashid - who the court heard was actually a member of the Dutch syndicate - and to pay a particular account, Mr Jalalaty is repeatedly heard in telephone calls to his original contact, Raza.

This man attempts to persuade Mr Jalalaty to only deal with him, and pay only him.

In an email that Mr Kinch allegedly sent to Mr Jalalaty, he complains that "it seems that it's one stupid thing after another" and tells him their contacts were "ready to walk away".

"Do (asap) as he asks! Pay what he asks, fast, and we can sort everything out after."

Meanwhile, Mr Jalalaty repeatedly discusses his plans to import cheese, milk powder and pizza sauce.

The jury also heard Mr Standen being asked by his brother about Mr Jalalaty's involvement in a planned catering contract with James Packer's Macau casino.

In other emails tendered in court yesterday, Mr Standen allegedly discussed rumours with Mr Kinch about "some big players" having friends "here" or in the federal police.

Mr Standen also allegedly tells Mr Kinch that the stories, which people "shouldn't" be hearing, related to "Poms and others who live in Spain and Portugal".

The court heard that Mr Kinch, an Englishman, used to live in Portugal.

Such stories had been repeated several times and people had "stopped business because they had heard things", Mr Standen allegedly wrote.

In reply, Mr Kinch allegedly assured Mr Standen he had not spoken to anyone and did not move "in them circles".

"Why they bring my name into conversations I do not know," he allegedly wrote in another draft email in a shared hotmail account.

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