/ 13 November 2023

Detainees released after a High Court ruling


Speaking of immigration matters… Ninety-two detainees – some of whom are convicted criminals – have been released following a High Court ruling last Wednesday. Notable among them is former Malaysian government bodyguard Sirul Azhar Umar – he was convicted of murdering Mongolian model and translator Altantuyaa Shaariibuu in 2006. Sirul escaped Malaysia, where he faced the death penalty, and arrived in Sydney in 2015. He was arrested, but Australian authorities have not sent him home, given he is facing execution. Cue last week’s High Court decision that non-citizens can’t be indefinitely detained if they’re unable to be deported that’s seen Sirul and others released. The Coalition has criticised the move, but Home Affairs Minister Clare O’Neil and Immigration Minister Andrew Giles say relevant individuals “will have appropriate visa conditions imposed on them in line with the need to protect the community”.

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