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Terry Lewis (police officer) : biography

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Terence Murray "Terry" Lewis (born 29 February 1928) is a former Queensland Police commissioner who was convicted and jailed for corruption and forgery as a result of the Fitzgerald Inquiry. He was stripped of his knighthood and other honours and awards in consequence.

Lewis has continued to protest his innocence, and sued his former lawyers and pursued appeals. However his appeals failed in August 2005.

Awards and honours

Lewis received the following honours:

Category:Living people Category:People from Queensland Category:Australian police chiefs Category:Australian criminals Category:Australian police officers with criminal convictions Category:Police officers convicted of accepting bribes Category:People stripped of a British Commonwealth honour Category:Recipients of the George Medal


In 1976 Lewis was promoted from obscurity to the rank of Assistant Police Commissioner to Ray Whitrod. Whitrod refused to work with Lewis, and resigned in protest when the Premier Joh Bjelke-Petersen insisted on Lewis's appointment. Lewis became Police Commissioner from 1978 to 1987 and received a knighthood, before being dismissed by police minister Bill Gunn in September 1987. He was a close associate of the corrupt former Police Commissioner Francis Bischof and as a senior constable was in charge of the Juvenile Aid Bureau.

Assistant Commissioner Graeme Parker later confessed to corruption and implicated Lewis on 16 September 1987. Lewis was charged with 23 counts of perjury, corruption, and forgery in 1989 when the inquiry ended.http://www.cmc.qld.gov.au/data/portal/00000005/content/81350001131406907822.pdf After hearing evidence over five months, and having deliberated for five days, a District Court jury found that Lewis had not lied to the Fitzgerald Inquiry, but that he had accepted bribes totaling $700,000 to protect brothels, SP bookmakers, illegal casinos, in-line machine operators and to prevent poker machines being legally introduced in Queenslandhttp://www.brisinst.org.au/resources/dickie_phil_prostitution.html and had also forged Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen's signature on an official police document in 1981.

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