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The police case against a Byron local arrested at a ‘My body, my choice’ protest has been dropped, according to rally organiser Dean Jefferys.

Mr Jefferys says the charge of ‘Fail to comply requirement public health order – COVID-19 Statutory Provision Describing Offence: Act/Regulation Public Health Act 2010, Section/Clause 70 (1)’ was withdrawn by the police prosecutor and the magistrate dismissed the case. 

He told The Echo, ‘Dharma Mitra, the defendant, is now looking into charging the police with unlawful arrest and abuse of powers under the “emergency” Biosecurity Act 2015’.

‘Dharma Mitra was sitting down in a group listening to a speaker, then was approached by six police, handcuffed, had her arms twisted and bruised and spent three hours waiting in the Byron lockup after the arrest. It’s a classic example of police abusing their power under the Emergency Act’.

High Court test case

Jefferys says Ms Mitra’s defence is currently being tested in the High Court of Australia, and surrounds ‘Questions of Law’.

‘It is the argument of the defence that there is no statistical nor scientific basis for the Public Health Order – COVID-19 for which the Defendant is accused of non-compliance, and that the Public Health Order is, in fact, constitutionally unlawful and against Australian Human Rights’, he said.

‘Matter L12182685 has been set aside until Friday, June 18 at 10am to await the High Court adjudication’.

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  1. Gene therapy is not a vaccine, but none of the COVID vaccines are in any way gene therapy – the ignorance of these anti-vaxxers is extraordinary

    • Are the thousands of deaths? …ignorant?

      Or haven’t you looked at the mass censored misinformation across the globe including Australia yet?
      Tell that to a post va$$ine convulsing nurse. You won’t have any trouble finding one .. if people like you would even bother to look.

  2. Hate to be picky…BUT it would be great if someone could have had the correct spelling on the banner re Therapy (not Therary). Anyhow, I agree with you Hamish if their position on this didn’t impact upon ALL of us that would be a different story & each individual should have the right of choice. I do feel though that we all should have been given a choice of the 3 major vaccines available and NOT just Astra Zeneca, which has suited this useless Govt , as they did not do their homework & should have ordered Pfizer & Moderna over 6 mths ago. So pushing Astra Zeneca as some doctors have only recently said, was simply because that’s all that is manufactured here.So putting all your eggs in one basket was really dumb. My friends in America over 50 & over 60 have had Pfizer, with no complications or fear of complications.

  3. FINALLY! Some reporting on this unlawful police conduct that’s been plaguing our lives ever since the beginning of this “plandemic”! I wish her all the best success in taking it to the high court. If she wins, her case will help many others in challenging this utter nonsense. The truth will prevail, thanks be to God!

  4. Really Sally, plandemic, do you people act like ostriches, head in the ground hoping it was a bad dream. How about get some perspective and acknowledge the millions who have died and the more who will.


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