By Tony Vermeer and Clare Masters
A NOTE by a security official who died mysteriously
after alleging drug-running at Sydney Airport has been delivered to lawyers
for accused marijuana smuggler Schapelle Corby.
They claim the note is evidence supporting Corby's plea that she is an innocent victim of criminal networks using airports for drug trafficking.
Its author, former Australian Protective Services officer Gary Lee-Rogers, was found dead in his Queanbeyan flat in October, 2002.
An autopsy was unable to ascertain the cause of death, but Mr Lee-Rogers' family and whistle-blowers believe he was murdered after allegedly uncovering corruption in the APS's operations at the airport.
Lawyers for Gold Coast beautician Schapelle Corby told The Sunday Telegraph yesterday they intended to use this latest information in final submissions to the Indonesian court where Corby is facing a possible death sentence.
Her legal team has received hundreds of letters and e-mails alleging interference with luggage at airports since the claims were raised by Victorian prisoner John Ford.
A coronial finding into his death is due to be handed down at Queanbeyan on Wednesday.
In e-mails to friends, Mr Lee-Rogers predicted he would be killed because of what he had allegedly discovered and said his death would be covered up as a suicide.
One e-mail said he had received
an anonymous phone call warning that "I had tripped over evidence of drug importation though Sydney Airport involving the old Commonwealth Police network."
He alleged the caller had gone on to name two APS officers. The APS was responsible for security at airports and Commonwealth buildings until 2002, when it was folded into the Australian Federal Police.
The e-mail was passed on to Corby's legal team by Whistleblowers Australia president Dr Jean Lennane, who said it might be a clue to his death.
"What we have here is a man who has died in mysterious circumstances after raising concerns about airport security," Dr Lennane said.
A member of Corby's defence team, Gold Coast lawyer Matthew Gibson, said the Lee-Rogers document backed up claims something was awry at the airport.
Corby was arrested after 4.1kg of marijuana was discovered in her boogie board bag at Bali airport.
Mr Lee-Rogers was in charge of security training at Sydney airport before the 2000 Olympics.
But his career collapsed when he warned his superiors about security problems within the APS, including racketeering, the promotion of badly trained officers and misappropriation of government funding.
Evidence at his inquest revealed an APS audit had found 47 revolvers, two rifles, six shotguns, 30 sets of handcuffs and 18 batons had disappeared, along with computers and cameras.
In the week before his death, the 47-year-old was badly bashed and claimed an AFP officer had put a gun to his mouth.
Mr Lee-Rogers' former de facto, Kathleen Mills, said she hoped the inquest's findings would bring some relief after three years of torment.
Businessman Ron Bakir, who is bankrolling Corby's defence, said the note was important evidence.
"It'll help prove that the girl has been set up. There's been a drug-trafficking problem at the airport, but she's a victim," he said.