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Yesterday, on 16th November, this socialist political prisoner in Australia, Chan Han Choi, turned 60 years of age. However, we can hardly say, “Happy Birthday” to him. Choi remains locked up in harsh conditions in one of Australia’s most notorious prison camps.|
However, there is also growing support for Choi among leftists in Australia. On 29 September, the first public protest action for Choi was held in the multi-racial working class Sydney suburb of Auburn. Soon after, Choi spoke of how in recent days the prison authorities have suddenly started treating him with more respect.
However now, as his legal proceedings have entered a crucial stage, with Choi due to enter a plea, the Australian regime has intensified their persecution of him. In the latest outrage, Choi’s lawyers have suddenly been blocked from visiting him. They have been told that since he is a “National Security Interest” they must first go through a criminal history check … that could take an “indefinite” period to complete! This despite the fact that they have visited him twice before and the fact that his previous lawyers were able to visit Choi without going through such a check.
Yet such attempts to isolate Choi are hardly new. At his court hearing two days ago, Choi told the judge how in the early days after his arrest he had been denied any visits, including by lawyers, for 50 days. However, the Australian judge was not interested and wanted to close the court hearing as soon as possible.
In a still more sinister development, Chan Han Choi and his lawyers recently received letters from Legal Aid implying that Choi had sacked his lawyers. Yet Choi did no such thing and has indeed had absolutely no contact with Legal Aid in the recent period! The letter from Legal Aid showed that they were not keen on him sacking his existing lawyers and this suggests that – rather than Legal Aid being responsible – a shadowy third party masquerading as Choi had sent Legal Aid a false flag communication. The Australian spy agency ASIO, the Australian Federal Police and the South Korean spy agency, the KCIA, are prime suspects.
The Australian ruling class seem to be determined to use any means to isolate and demoralise Choi at this crucial time. They want him to plead guilty in order to avoid a trial that could expose the cruelty of the economic sanctions that they and their ilk have imposed on the people of North Korea. However, knowing that he has determined supporters, Choi’s morale is still good and he remains extremely defiant.
Please see this video, which broadcasts recent verbal statements from prison by Chan Han Choi: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ro3RkGojbgY