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ANTHRAX

  

   Anthrax moved to Melbourne, where he is completing a university course

   and working on freelance assignments in the computer networking area

   of a major corporation.

  

   His father and mother are divorcing. Anthrax doesn't talk to his

   father at all these days.

  

   Anthrax's mother's health has stabilised somewhat since the completion

   of the court case, though her condition still gives her chronic pain.

   Despite some skin discolouration caused by the disease, she looks

   well. As a result of her years of work in the local community, she has

   a loyal group of friends who support her through bad bouts of the

   illness. She tries to live without bitterness and continues to have a

   good relationship with both her sons.

  

   Anthrax is no longer involved in the Nation of Islam, but he is still

   a devout Muslim. An acquaintance of his, an Albanian who ran a local

   fish and chips shop, introduced him to a different kind of Islam. Not

   long after, Anthrax became a Sunni Muslim. He doesn't drink alcohol or

   gamble, and he attends a local mosque for Friday evening prayers. He

   tries to read from the Qu'raan every day and to practise the tenets of

   his religion faithfully.

  

   With his computer and business skills now sought after by industry, he

   is exploring the possibility of moving to a Muslim country in Asia or

   the Middle East. He tries to promote the interests of Islam worldwide.

  

   Most of his pranking needs are now met by commercial CDs--recordings

   of other people's pranking sold through underground magazines and

   American mail order catalogues. Once in a long while, he still rings

   Mr McKenny in search of the missing shovel.

  

   Anthrax felt aggrieved at the outcome of his written complaint to the

   Office of the Ombudsman. In the complaint, Anthrax gave an account of

   how he believed the AFP had behaved inappropriately throughout his

   case. Specifically, he alleged that the AFP had pressured his mother

   with threats and had harassed him, taken photographs of him without

   his permission, given information to his university about his case

   prior to the issue of a summons and the resolution of his case, and

   made racist comments toward him during the raid.

  

   In 1995-96, a total of 1157 complaints were filed against the AFP, 683

   of which were investigated by the Commonwealth Ombudsman. Of the

   complaint investigations completed and reviewed, only 6 per cent were

   substantiated. Another 9 per cent were deemed to be `incapable of

   determination', about 34 per cent were `unsubstantiated', and in more

   than a quarter of all cases the Ombudsman either chose not to

   investigate or not to continue to investigate a complaint.

  

   The Office of the Ombudsman referred Anthrax's matter to the AFP's

   Internal Investigations office. Although Anthrax and his mother both

   gave statements to the investigating officers, there was no other

   proof of Anthrax's allegations. In the end, it came down to Anthrax

   and his mother's words against those of the police.

  

   The AFP's internal investigation concluded that Anthrax's complaints

   could either not be substantiated or not be determined, in part due to

   the fact that almost two years had passed since the original raid. For