Watchdogs clear MP implicated in Tim Pullen killer parole saga

Queensland Corrective Services Minister Mark Ryan.
Queensland Corrective Services Minister Mark Ryan. SAMANTHA MANCHEE

LABOR MP Mark Ryan has been cleared of 'political interference' by the the Crime and Corruption Commission.

In August, Shadow Minister for Corrective Services Tim Mander called for an investigation into alleged "deliberate political interference" by the Corrective Services Minister and his office.

The investigation came after the family of Timothy Pullen claimed they had been used as 'political pawns' by Mr Ryan when they became the face of Queensland's 'No Body No Parole' legislation, despite the government granting one of their son's killers parole before it became law.

Timothy Pullen was killed in North Mackay in 2012. Six people were convicted in relation to his unlawful death.

Today, the CCC found no suspicion of corrupt conduct in assessing complaints about parole matters.

"The Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) has completed its assessment of a number of complaints about the decision-making process of the Parole Board Queensland regarding the parole of Benjamin Oakley and allegations of political interference relating to the timing of the notification of the parole decision to eligible persons," it said in a statement.

"The CCC has not identified any information or material which raises a reasonable suspicion of corrupt conduct as defined in the Crime and Corruption Act 2001.

"The CCC determined last week it would not take any action against the Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services and Minister for Corrective Services Mark Ryan MP or officers from the Parole Board Queensland or Queensland Corrective Services.

"The relevant parties were advised today of the CCC's decision.

"The CCC has suggested a number of procedural recommendations to the Parole Board Queensland for their consideration."

Benjamin Oakley was sentenced to eight years in jail for manslaughter in May 2016 and will be released on parole in less than two weeks.

Topics:  crime and corruption commission editors picks mark ryan no body no parole parole legislation tim mander timothy pullen

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