Lindt Café Inquest, Part 32: The Passing of Katrina Dawson Is Unresolved


by Mary Maxwell, LLB

I do not go along with the mainstream media’s story of the death of Katrina Dawson. I do not think it was an accidental matter of police bullets ricocheting on hard surfaces of the café. Nor do I think it was, as described by the ballistics expert, a bullet that went through the back of her chair.

In this article, I am speaking from my own evaluation of the event in question.  My evaluation is admittedly of low value as I’ve never been able to question persons whom I would like to question. [Read more…]

Droudis Trial, Part 2: Cast of Characters, and Suburbs

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by Mary W Maxwell

Amirah Droudis is on trial for killing a lady whose name we are not supposed to mention in connection with this court case, but which is well known from previous media discussion. I will refer to her as EXwife. In this Part 2 of the series, there will mainly be a listing of key names, dates, and places.


It’s cricket to name the accused, Amirah Droudis, and to say that she was the defacto, or the girlfriend, or partner of the late Man Haron Monis. She called him Michael.

At birth he was Mohamad Hassan Manteghi Borujerdi. On 16 September 2002, Monis changed his name to Michael Hayson Mavros.[ On 21 September 2006, he changed his name to Man Haron Monis. [Read more…]

Droudis Trial, Part 1: Don’t Pick Your Nose on the Platform


by Mary W Maxwell

On September 7, 2016, I started to attend the murder trial of Amirah Droudis in Sydney. What has the title of this article got to do with that? The first few days focused on “tracking” the accused, and her late partner, Man Haron Monis. The authorities want to know where they were at the time the exwife was murdered. That was the afternoon of April 21, 2013.

We Will Follow You  [Read more…]

Lindt Café Inquest, Part 31: Big Disappointment for Truth

kevon-rudd-and-mark-dreyfuss-tour-asioKevin Rudd and Mark Dreyfus touring the new ASIO HQ in 2014

by Mary W Maxwell

I thought the hearings for the Inquest were finished, but apparently there was a directions hearing and smartie media knew about and attended (or got the report of it). So here is the bad news. I am quoting Jessica Kidd writing on September  7, 2016 at The title of her article was the neutral sounding “ASIO’s role may never be publicly revealed”:

“It is expected the findings in relation to ASIO will be available to a select few. The findings arising from the coronial inquest into the Sydney siege will not be handed down until next year, New South Wales state coroner Michael Barnes has confirmed, but ASIO’s involvement will likely remain confidential. [Read more…]

Lind Café Inquest, Part 30: Did the Sydney Siege Have a Real Terrorist behind It?

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by Mary W Maxwell, PhD, LLB

Dee McLachlan recently wrote at Gumshoe that thousands of scientists and engineers defy the official view of 9-11. They show that the buildings did not “collapse” – they were brought down by ordinary controlled demolition.

Trade union leader, Kevin Bracken made that very point on an ABC “talkback” radio show, but he was ridiculed by ex-lawyer Jon Faine. This “kafuffle” (why was it a kafuffle?) caused the prime minister, Julie Gillard, a few days later, to say in Parliament that Bracken’s belief is “stupid and wrong.” No it isn’t. It is simply correct.

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The Binskin-Conroy Confrontation over the ADF Role at the Sydney Siege

conroy-admiralSenator Stephen Conroy and Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin

by Malcolm R Hughes

A few of us at Gumshoe are going down various paths to get an answer to the sixty-four thousand dollar question: Was the alleged mock-up of the Lindt Café on the premises of Holsworthy Army Base done on-the-day, or was it pre-arranged?

In her article on “Serious Shortcomings of the Inquest,” dated August 9, 2016, Mary W Maxwell quoted an Inquest document written by Jeremy Gormly, SC, Counsel Assisting the Inquest. The Inquest item quoted by Mary said:

“The ADF had built a mock-up of the Lindt Cafe at Holsworthy Army Base to trial and rehearse forced entry. It offered the facility to the NSW Police for training, although as we have heard in evidence that offer could not be taken up on the night.” [Read more…]

Lindt Café Inquest Part 29: The Hearings Have Ended

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by Mary W Maxwell, PhD, LLB

Every inquest seeks to find the time, place, and manner of death of a person. Regarding the deaths of Tori Johnson and Man Haron Monis, I think it is an established fact that the place of death was the Lindt Café in the Sydney CBD. For Katrina Dawson, death occurred either in the café or in an ambulance on the way to hospital, or at hospital.

The time of death is not contentious; it was between 2am and 3am on December 16, 2014 for all three persons.  So we come to the main question: how did they die? [Read more…]

Lindt Café Inquest, Part 28: The Hostages


by Mary W Maxwell, PhD, LLB

I think the Sydney siege was a false-flag operation in which Man Haron Monis did not act either as a lone gunman or as a religious extremist. Very likely he was under the control of one of the covert agencies. (These ostensibly work for government but are really the servants of private entities.)

I did not attend the hearings at which hostages gave testimony under oath. I hope to obtain copies of their statements, but for now I am using information about them from the media and from Youtube. I divide the 18 hostages into four groups: [Read more…]

Lindt Café Inquest, Part 27: Accessing the Inquest’s Documents  

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by Mary W Maxwell

Some of the articles that comprise this series are reports of what happened at the Inquest. Others are opinion pieces.  The article at hand does not even reach to the heights of being an opinion piece. It is a simple excursion into the question: Why are the transcripts of the Inquest not published for all to see?

In this technological era nearly every document is available electronically. In fact some important “papers” in this world are no longer available in paper form! [Read more…]

Lindt Café Inquest, Part 26: Sydney Siege May Qualify As a False Flag

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Prime Minister Tony Abbott and wife lay flowers at Martin Place

by Mary W Maxwell, PhD, LLB

Beyond any doubt the 9-11 attacks in New York and the July 7, 2005 attacks on the London Tube were false flags. How do we know? Because there were very elaborate drills taking place officially, on the same day, for an incident very similar to the one attributed to “terrorists.”

The Coroner, Magistrate Michael Barnes, has said he needs to get the Lindt Café Inquest done right (and speedily), as another incident could be waiting in the wings.  Too right! Another false-flag attack within Australia may be on the books even as we speak. [Read more…]

Lindt Café Inquest, Part 25: Monis’ Family Should Be a Party to the Inquest  

monis and droudisAmirah Droudis and Man Haron Monis in 2014

by Mary W Maxwell, PhD, LLB

Everybody knows that the purpose of a Parliamentary inquiry is usually to cover up what really happened rather than to get at the truth. Same for most Royal Commissions.  The Lindt Café  Inquest has been relatively probing. But it had a structural failure that probably set everything wrong.

That is, it included two families as parties to the inquest when it should have included three families.  The official purpose of the current Inquest is to inquire into the deaths of three persons, one of them being Man Haron Monis. [Read more…]

Lindt Café Inquest, Part 24: Tidbits from the End of the Hearings, and Loy’s Testimony

grand muftiGrand Mufti of Australia, Ibrahim Abu Mohamed

by Mary W Maxwell

On August 15 and 16, 2016, I took 91 pages of notes at the Inquest. Let me share some miscellaneous items that Gumshoe has not already published.

Monis’ solicitor, Michael Klooster happened to be in the Lindt Café before the siege, having coffee, and spoke to Monis. Mr Klooster later called the Hotline (twice) to offer to negotiate with Monis. This offer was not taken up by the police. Other Muslim people called in and said the Grand Mufti would negotiate. This, too, was ignored. [Read more…]

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