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Private Prosecution for Politicians who incite murder in Australia

Under Australian law, inciting violence is a serious crime: an offense which could trigger the prosecution of members of the US political class and mainstream media who called for the assassination of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, according to his attorney.

"We've been troubled by the sort of rhetoric that has come out of various commentators and principally Republican politicians — Sarah Palin and the like — saying Mr. Assange should be executed, assassinated." Stary added: "Certainly if Sarah Palin or any of those other politicians come to Australia, for whatever purpose, then we can initiate a private prosecution, and that's what we intend to do."


Note private prosecution again. This is one of the reasons establishment figures here are not being prosecuted for crimes, because public prosecutors have risen in this country and caused private prosecution to fall into disfavor. We didn't even use to have public prosecutors.

It's a basic part of our checks and balances that you have a right to prosecute a crime you are a victim of. We have a common law right to private prosecution. It's time to bring it back in full force in this country.