Blame game over Bali death

Indonesian police have still not begun to investigate the poisoning death of Perth man Liam Davies, despite the Australian Government claiming it has repeatedly pleaded for action.

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In a statement last night, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said the Australian consulate in Bali had contacted local police several times, urging they investigate.

Australian diplomats said they had lodged a report with Lombok police and wrote to Bali Governor Made Pastika.

But Indonesian police denied that there had been any official contact over the New Year’s Eve poisoning. West Nusa Tenggara police spokesman Sukarman Husein said there was no record of any communication with Australian authorities. The chief of North Lombok police, who oversees Gili Trawangan where Mr Davies, 19, was poisoned, said he was not told about the death and no investigation had begun.

He said earlier this week he phoned Australian Federal Police in Bali after _The Weekend West _contacted him but claimed they told him they knew nothing about the case.

Mr Husein said police had not started an investigation because Mr Davies was flown out of Lombok to Australia.

WA Police will prepare a coronial report because Mr Davies died in WA and is a resident of the State.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard said Mr Davies’ death was a tragedy but that travellers needed to remember Australian laws and food standards did not apply overseas.

She said Australia could make representations about the case but could not investigate it in Indonesia.

“We can raise our concerns but we don’t make laws for Indonesia,” she said.

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Source: The West Australian | Author: Nick Butterly & Steve Pennells

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