MANILA, Philippines – A woman now in Australia could be the key to solving the Vizconde murders, a veteran private investigator from australia said..
Criminologist Christian P. W. Faust…
with over 30 years of experience in investigating crimes in many countries, has recently (2011) looked into the celebrated Vizconde massacre from 1991 and found that the woman dubbed as “Ms. X” is privy to the identities of the perpetrators.
In his report obtained by The STAR, he said the woman disclosed to Australian authorities when she sought a refugee status visa in 1997 that her estranged husband and his gang were involved in the killings of Vizconde’s wife and two children. “She has identified a clean and unrelated source of information which if pursued and investigated correctly will lead to evidence and/or the identity of the true offender(s) involved in the Vizconde murders. Or at the very least will provide additional previously unknown witnesses who in turn could provide other crucial leads to the killer(s) of the Vizconde women,” Faust explained.
He withheld the identity of the woman pending verification and further investigation, but revealed that she had “inside knowledge” of the massacre.
Ms. X told Australian authorities…
in her application for a protection visa that her ex-husband was invloved with drugs and prompting her to run away with their children. It was because of her information that he was charged with drug offenses. He (ex-husband) was tried and convicted of drug dealing, but was able to be freed on bail without having to serve the imposed jail term. The applicant claimed “that his release on bail, along with that of his friends, was due to his political connections,” read the decision of the Australian refugee review tribunal on Ms. X’s application.
Ms. X, who moved to Australia in 1997 without her children, said her estranged husband had friends who were “sons of politicians” and have powerful connections and were “involved in the Vizconde massacre.” She, however, did not elaborate then since it was not relevant to her application for a protection visa, which focused on the grounds of domestic violence and association with criminals.
Faust believes that this new lead…
was never considered by Philippine authorities in earlier investigations conducted on the Vizconde massacre and is now a “hot topic” in the Australian refugee tribunal following the acquittal by the Supreme Court of Hubert Webb and others previously convicted for the crime in December last year.“The summary of suspects could very easily be narrowed down by pursuing an investigation as to the full identity of the drug dealers crew which was identified by the Australian Refugee Applicant. This may either lead to new names or conclude a direct link associated to an already named suspect in the above list,” he said.
Faust said he was not commissioned…
by anyone and only initiated his own probe on the Vizconde massacre “in the interest of justice” and “because of the challenge posed by the Vizconde murders, which is the most complex of the many international cases I’ve handled. It’s a case that depicts official blunders, cover-ups and gross judicial negligence. I am digging deeper into this and I am super confident it will reach the end result,” he stressed.
Australian criminologist Christian Faust, investigating the Vizconde massacre case is offering a P500,000 reward to credible witness who could provide information that would lead to a conviction of the real perpetrators of the crime.
Faust made the offer after…
the Australian government’s Refugee Review Tribunal (RRT) denied his request to release the identity of “Ms. X,” a Filipino immigrant who claimed that her former husband and his friends belonging to a drug syndicate were involved in the Vizconde massacre in 1991. Faust said she also had inside information on the killings.
The ruling, signed by Freedom of Information officer Robert Jessop, cited as basis for denial section 439 of their Migration Act of 1958, which “prohibits a Tribunal member officer from making a record of, or divulging or communicating any information concerning a person which the Tribunal has obtained in the course of performing its functions.”
The RRT, in the letter to Faust last March 16 obtained by The STAR, said it could only release the identity of the woman “for purposes of the act or the purposes of the performance of a function or duty of exercise of power under the act.”
It also cited the Information Privacy Principle 11 of section 14 of the Privacy Act of 1988, which provides that “disclosure of requested information is either permissible or required or authorized under the law, which in this case, is the Migration Act 1958.”
Faust, who initiated his own probe…
into the massacre case, had requested information on the identity of Ms. X last March 12. He said he will appeal the decision of RRT with Australian courts.
The private investigator, who has over 30 years of experience in investigating high-profile crimes worldwide, said he plans to pursue the probe.