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Aussie police archive 32-year-old rape report against minister

Sydney, Australia, Mar 2 (efe-epa).- Australian police said Tuesday they archived a rape report against a minister from 1988 due to lack of evidence, coinciding with recent complaints of abuse that are denting the government’s image.

This case was made public Friday when local press said Prime Minister Scott Morrison and other parliamentary members received an anonymous letter detailing the alleged rape of a woman, who in her teenage was abused by the current minister when he hadn’t yet entered politics.

Morrison said Monday he trusted the version of the cabinet member, who has not been identified to protect his right to the presumption of innocence, who “absolutely denies” the accusation.

The premier, who received the letter calling for justice against the woman who took her own life last year, also said police were in charge of the complaint.

On Monday, New South Wales State Police said in a statement obtained by EFE that the woman had not made a formal statement before dying in June 2020, but that after obtaining personal documents she allegedly produced, she sought advice legal.

However, police came to the conclusion that “it does not have sufficient admissible evidence” to continue with these investigations, which were complicated after the death of the alleged victim and the time elapsed after the alleged crime.

The New South Wales Police had previously suspended investigations last year after the woman’s suicide, while the South Australian state police is preparing a report on her death.

In addition to this case, the government has faced strong criticism after a former adviser to Morrison’s Liberal Party reported in mid-February having been raped in 2019 by a former co-worker in parliament. This was followed by three other complaints against this man and a later one against an opposition deputy. EFE-EPA

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