In excellent news that will warm the hearts of many patriots, highly regarded former Industry Minister Theo Theophanous has launched legal proceedings against the forty five year old woman who accused him of rape nearly ten years after she claims it happened.
The parliamentarian has been forced out of the Industry Ministry, had his office searched and his reputation viciously attacked by the left-wing press following her claims, suspected by many of being fabricated by her to make money.
The accuser is being sued for $10 million, which she clearly doesn’t have. We understand the woman lives in a quiet village of four hundred people, alone with her brother. It’s not about the money for the MP though. It’s about justice and truth and fighting for his good name.
From the Sunday Herald Sun’s account it appears that there is potential criminal liability for the forty-five year old woman if she’s found guilty of making a false accusation of a criminal nature.
She faces up to five years in jail.
If she’s lying, that’s clearly where she belongs.
It’s understandable that the former MP focuses on the hurt and damage sustained by the people he loves, his family.
Some of Theo’s old rivals have told VEXNEWS that the MP played hard and what goes around comes around.
A terrible sentiment indeed. They forget the words of Martin Luther King “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
No one – and I mean no one – deserves to be falsely accused of rape. In our system of justice, it’s an allegation the state makes against a person that is only exceeded by a murder charge. It’s deadly serious and not for corrupting by political interests or bureaucrats making themselves feel important by bringing down the prominent.
This kind of thing happens all to often.
We profess no expertise in Police procedure. But we can smell a political thrill-kill. And this reeks of it.
Charging him – regardless of the outcome in court – has been a serious punishment in itself.
Failing to properly interview the accused after extensive questioning of the accuser seems like what it is: unfair, dodgy and risky in terms of arriving at the truth.
And that’s all that matters here in the end: the truth.
Because the damage to the people of Victoria is already done. We must already pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for a very long investigation and even more bizarre prosecution. We must endure the loss of one of their best and brightest from the public service to which he’d dedicated his life. We must have our system weakened by the inevitable loss of faith in VicPol should the charges be thrown out when they come to trial.
To read more about the legal proceedings click here.
And an extensive interview with Theo click here.
Also interesting is this dreadful story of false rape claims against a prominent politician in England. The accuser in that was sentenced to three years imprisonment.