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25 police in jailbird rort

| 23.07,09. 01:57 AM |

25 police in jailbird rort

July 23, 2009

TWENTY-FIVE Queensland police officers have been implicated in a corrupt scheme centred on money paid to a "cunning" double murderer for bogus information, a new report has found.

The Crime and Misconduct Commission yesterday released a 142-page report, Dangerous Liaisons, which examines the results of an anti-corruption operation codenamed Capri.

The report found 25 officers, some ranked as high as inspector, were involved in the rorts. Three officers are before the courts and 22 have been disciplined, with 11 resigning from the service before their hearings were completed. The remaining 11 are working, receiving only "managerial guidance".

The investigation covered three areas: Rockhampton, Cleveland on Brisbane's bayside and the since disbanded armed hold-up squad. The bulk of the allegations related to payments made to prisoner informant Lee Owen Henderson, who is serving two life terms.

In 2005 the Australian Federal Police told the CMC that some officers had an "improper association" with the then Rockhampton jail inmate Henderson.


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