Coroner asks police to review evidence10th April 2021
The Herald’s report also revealed that the policeman leading the inquiry into the tragedy had earlier been criticised in a royal commission for having a secret business relationship with an associate of Saffron’s, at the same time he was investigating the pair’s involvement in organised crime and clubs.
A new investigative documentary series last month broadcast by the ABC, Exposed, unearthed further witness accounts of the fire and claims corrupt police covered for Saffron.
Some witnesses said they were intimidated by NSW Police to change their original statements about what they had seen.
They now say they saw “bearded bikies wearing leather jackets and knee-high boots who rode on the Ghost Train shortly before the fire began” as well as men talking about using kerosene and matches, according to the ABC’s report.
Former NSW police officers speaking to the ABC have publicly affirmed that Mr Saffron was behind the blaze, but said he was protected by corrupt police and politicians.
Calls have since mounted for a fresh inquiry into the fire, led by the families of the victims and backed by NSW Labor leader Jodi McKay.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian flagged an inquiry was possible last week, when she said “relevant parts of the NSW government” were considering what could be done. “We’ve heard the plight of families,” she said.
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