The Witness K and Bernard Collaery Hearings

In May/ June 2018 charges were laid against Witness K and Bernard Collaery of conspiring to breach section 39 of the Intelligence Services Act in 2012, concerning the Australian espionage against Timor-Leste in 2004. It was alleged that Witness K communicated intelligence secrets to Collaery, who then conveyed the information to some journalists.

A series of hearings in the ACT Magistrate’s Court and later in the ACT Supreme Court have been continually scheduled since charges were laid.

  1. Scheduled Hearing  25 July 2018 – held
  2. Scheduled Hearing   12 September 2018 – held
  3. Scheduled Hearing   29 October 2018 – adjourned to 1 November
  4. Scheduled Hearing   1 November 2018 – adjourned to 7 November
  5. Scheduled Hearing   7 November 2018 – held
  6. Scheduled Hearing   28 February 2019 – held
  7. Scheduled Hearing 6-8 August 2019 – held on 6th only
  8. Scheduled Hearing 22 August 2019 Bernard Collaery only – held
  9. Scheduled Hearing 29 August 2019 Witness K only – held
  10. Scheduled Hearing 13 September 2019 Witness K only – held
  11. Scheduled Hearing 26 September 2019 – Bernard Collaery only – held
  12. Scheduled Hearing 26 September 2019 – Witness K only – adjourned to 8 October
  13. Scheduled Hearing   2 October 2019 – Bernard Collaery – ACT Supreme Court – held
  14. Scheduled Hearing 8 October 2019 – Witness K only AM/4315/18 – held (“harm statement”)
  15. Scheduled Hearing 9 October 2019 – Bernard Collaery SCC/0195/19 – held (lock and key)
  16. Scheduled Hearing 17 October 2019 – Bernard Collaery SCC/0195/19
  17. Scheduled Hearing 24 October 2019 – Bernard Collaery only SCC/0195/19
  18. Scheduled Hearing 11 November – Witness K only – transferred to 15 November
  19. Scheduled Hearing 15 November – Witness K only
  20. Scheduled Hearing 26 November 2019 – Bernard Collaery only
  21. Scheduled Hearing 11-13 December 2019 – Bernard Collaery only