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AUSTRALIA: NAZI WAR CRIMES SUSPECT KALEJS LATEST (2)
01/07/2000
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VSAP170910
TAPE_NUMBER: EF00/0026 IN_TIME: 10:11:03 LENGTH: 02:35 SOURCES: AuBC RESTRICTIONS: No Access Australia/Internet FEED: VARIOUS (THE ABOVE TIME-CODE IS TIME-OF-DAY) SCRIPT: English/Nat Nazi war crimes suspect Konrad Kalejs passed through Singapore's airport en route from London to Melbourne, Australia. Planned protests prompted tight security measures to keep Kalejs away from public areas. Hundreds of Australian protestors are calling for their government to reopen the case against Kalejs and investigate his alleged role as a Latvian death squad member in the second World War. A rally of 3-hundred people was held outside the Federal Government's office in Melbourne on Friday as protestors called on the government to re-open the Kalejs case. The Australasian Union of Jewish Students also plans to hold a demonstration at Melbourne airport when Kalejs lands. Kalejs' imminent arrival has sparked fresh calls for a re-examination of the evidence against him and denials from the government that it's not doing enough to bring war criminals to justice. But members of the students' union say they accept Kalejs is legally entitled to return to Australia and say they will not harass him personally or at his home. Australian Immigration Minister Philip Ruddock previously investigated Kalejs but did not find enough evidence to charge him. He warned that protests or claims against Kalejs without new evidence would achieve nothing. Earlier this week, Ruddock said the Australian authorities, would reopen their investigation only if new evidence came to light. SOUNDBITE: (English) "Well, I don't tell the Australian police how to carry out their functions. They have a responsibility towards the war crimes legislation that if evidence is there for it to investigated. And the point I have made over and over again is that if people believe they have information that is of a substantial character it ought to be made available to the Australian Federal police." SUPER CAPTION: Philip Ruddock, Australian Immigration minister SOUNDBITE: (English) Q - So what should the Australian Federal Government do now? "Well, They have got to do more than just welcome Mr Kalejs back. There is now new evidence come to light since the war crimes unit was wound up and that evidence needs to be properly taken on board by the government. And it needs to give serious consideration to urging the federal police to reactivate its consideration of the matter" SUPER CAPTION: Simon Crean, Acting opposition leader Latvian-born Kalejs has held Australian citizenship since 1957. He stands accused of being a member of the Arajs Kommando squad responsible for the deaths of 30-thousand people, mostly Jews, in Latvia during World War II. In spite of his protest against the allegations 86-year-old Kalejs has been thrown out of several countries for his alleged role in mass killings. SOUNDBITE: (English) "We want to send a loud and clear message to Amanda Vanstone, Konrad Kalejs, and to the Australian community in general, that though this man may be legally entitled to enter the country, we are not happy that he is coming here. We don't find him welcome. We think a man with his past should have his past investigated." SUPER CAPTION: Voxpop, student Kalejs was deported from the United States in 1994 after U-S Justice Department investigations found evidence against him, and moved to Australia after he was expelled from Canada in 1997. He's been living in Britain for six months, but left on Thursday after British authorities launched proceedings to deport him for his alleged wartime atrocities. In a statement issued on Thursday, Latvia said it had started a criminal investigation of Kalejs and called for international help in gathering evidence. The statement said Latvian prosecutors would consider requesting Kalejs' extradition if further probes confirms his guilt. SHOTLIST: Melbourne and Canberra, Australia - 7 January 2000 XFA Melbourne 1. Wide shot protestors outside exterior of federal government house 2. Mid shot protestors 3. Mid shot line of police watching demonstrators 4. Mid shot protestors holding placards 5. Man on megaphone leading the anti Kalejs chants 6. Wide shot protestors Canberra 7. Establisher Philip Ruddock, Australian Immigration Minister 8. SOUNDBITE: (English) Philip Ruddock, Australian Immigration Minister Melbourne 9. SOUNDBITE: (English) Simon Crean, Acting opposition leader 10. Various of protestors 11. SOUNDBITE: (English) Voxpop, Student 12. Various police watching protestors?
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