Barnaby Joyce has called for Amber Heard to be jailed if she is convicted of perjury after he famously threatened to euthanise her dogs.
Barnaby Joyce has called Amber Heard to serve jail time if she is convicted of perjury in relation to the long-running dog-smuggling saga that saw him threaten to euthanise her dogs Pistol and Boo.
Ms Heard is the subject of an ongoing investigation following her 2015 decision to smuggle two dogs into Australia in a breach of quarantine and biosecurity laws.
At the time of the dog’s illegal arrival into Australia, Mr Joyce suggested she could take the tiny dogs home to the United States or risk having them euthanised.
The threat made international headlines before Heard and Johnny Depp appeared in a bizarre ‘hostage’ style video apologising to Australia.
She was later charged with two counts of illegally importing the animals but the case was dropped after she pleaded guilty to falsifying travel documents in April 2016.
But that court appearance has now sparked an investigation into allegations of perjury over whether she gave misleading evidence over the circumstances under which the dogs were brought to Australia.
“Those dogs, when they came in, there were a lot of documents that were signed that said there were no animals there. And it now looks like Ms Heard has allegedly not told the truth,’’ Mr Joyce told Sunrise.
“[The U.S.] wants Julian Assange … She can come over to Australia and possibly spend some time at Her Majesty’s convenience.”
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The Aquaman actress could face up to 14 years jail in Australia if convicted of perjury.
The latest twist in the saga unfolded after a former employee of Johnny Depp gave evidence during his UK libel case against The Sun newspaper in 2020.
Kevin Murphy told the London court that Amber Heard had instructed him to lie after she flew the pets into Australia without declaring them.
“I also explained to Ms Heard several times the fact that trying to take the dogs into Australia without completing the mandatory process was illegal and could result in very harsh penalties including euthanizing the dogs,’’ he said.
He claimed that Ms Heard provided a ‘false statement’ to the Australian court saying she didn’t know anything about the requirements.
“When I expressed that I was extremely uncomfortable with this, Ms. Heard said to me ‘Well I want your help on this … I wouldn’t want you to have a problem with your job,’’ he said.
“It became very apparent that Ms Heard was threatening my job stability unless I co-operated with providing a declaration that supported her false account for the Australian proceedings.
“Because of this I felt extreme pressure to co-operate, despite knowing this would involve being untruthful.”
Mr Joyce said that it “annoys me a bit when they say they wouldn’t extradite them”.
“They put our bio security at risk. They broke the law,’’ he said.
He also revealed he had kept an eye on the recent defamation proceedings that saw Heard ordered to pay Depp millions of dollars.
“It was compulsory train wreck viewing. Each night you thought “These are two crazy cats and, obviously, don’t mind having a drink at night and are tearing the house to pieces throwing crap at each other,’’ he said.
While it’s unlikely Ms Heard would be extradited the investigation means that she could face barriers to ever visiting Australia again unless the matter is resolved.
The actress has previously revealed that she had named one of her dogs Barnaby Joyce.
“Send it up here and we’ll go pigging with it, see if we can knock over a few old boars … I’ll look after it, my namesake Barnaby, he’ll be safe with me’,” Mr Joyce said.
Originally published as Barnaby Joyce calls for Amber Heard to be jailed if convicted of perjury in dog-smuggling saga
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