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Encyclopedia > Thomas McCosker

Former textile worker Thomas McCosker, 55, from Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia, visited Fiji and had sex with Dhirendra Nadan, 23. He reported Nadan to police for allegedly taking AUD1500 from his wallet. McCosker and Nadan were separately held by police on April 3, 2005. Emperess Victoria of the United Kingdom etc. ... Au. ... April 3 is the 93rd day of the year (94th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 272 days remaining. ... 2005 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar and is the current year. ...


Dhirendra said to police that Thomas paid for sex with him and took photos of him to be sold on the internet. Thomas denies both allegations.


Within 48 hours he was tried and sentenced to 2 years jail for sodomy. The AUD1500 and the photos were not part of his conviction. An appeal was raised on the basis of Fiji's constitution outlawing discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. On Friday August 26, 2005, his conviction, and that of Dhirendra Nadan, was overturned on constitutional grounds. A sodomy law is a law which makes certain sexual acts into sex crimes. ... Au. ... August 26 is the 238th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (239th in leap years). ... 2005 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar and is the current year. ...


Thomas was not an "out" homosexual in Australia. He says the sex with Dhirendra was consensual, which has not been disputed. In the initial trial he had no legal representation.


International reaction

Thomas rang neighbour Alan Richardson, who in turn contacted the Australian High Commission in Suva. A consular official rang back that night to say that "inappropriate images" had been found and he was likely to be fined. However, 48 hours after his arrest, Thomas rang Alan to say that both he and Dhirendra had been jailed.


Thomas told Melbourne newspaper The Age "I would have liked the Australian Government to have taken more interest in my case". The Australian government has offered the usual consular assistance, but have not condemned the sentence. Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have both condemned the conviction. The City of Melbournes coat of arms Melbourne is the capital and largest city of the state of Victoria, and the second largest city in Australia (after Sydney), with a population of 3,600,650 in the Melbourne metropolitan area (June 2004) and 61,670 in the City of... The Age is a broadsheet daily newspaper in Melbourne, Australia, founded on October 17, 1854. ... Amnesty International (commonly known as Amnesty or AI) is an international non-governmental organization with the stated purpose of promoting all the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international standards. ... Human Rights Watch is an international NGO based in New York City, USA, that works with human rights issues. ...


See also

This list contains people of Australian citizenship who are currently detained in prisons outside of Australia or were executed in overseas prisons after sentencing. ...

External links

  • Little help, no protest for Victorian jailed in Fiji The Age (20 August, 2005)
  • Australian home after Fiji gay sex conviction overturned The Sydney Morning Herald (28 August, 2005)

 
 

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