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Author's frozen assets 'a challenge to free speech'

28th July 2009

An author who had his assets frozen after he co-wrote a book with a criminal has described the decision as 'no less than a challenge to free speech'.

Kingsley Flett co-wrote the book Shadow Warrior with armed robber David Everett.

Mr Everett had his assets frozen following the last year's publication of the book, which has since sold 15,000 copies, until he could prove he has made no money from the book.

However, now Mr Flett's assets have also been frozen, despite the fact that he has not been charged with a crime.

The Australian author now intends to challenge the decision in court but admits that the legislation in Western Australia differs slightly from the rest of the country.

He told ABC News' David Weber in an interview that the case had attracted interest because of the threat it poses to journalism in general, although the writer says he has no regrets.

Mr Flett said: 'It's been stressful and it's been hard but I feel that it's a story that needed to be told.

'There's a message there and it's quite a strong anti-crime message if people bother to read the book.'

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