It was a mistake to remove ankle bracelet from former immigration detainee allegedly involved in home invasion, PM says

It was a mistake to remove ankle bracelet from former immigration detainee allegedly involved in home invasion, PM says
  • PublishedMay 3, 2024

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese says it was the wrong decision for a former immigration detainee allegedly involved in a violent home invasion to have his ankle monitoring device removed.

Majid Jamshii Doukoshkan, 43, was one of several people charged over a violent home invasion and burglary in which an elderly man and woman were assaulted. 

Mr Doukoshkan was released with roughly 150 other immigration detainees in the wake of a High Court ruling late last year deeming their detention unlawful, and was placed under a curfew, with monitoring conditions.

But after appearing before court at least once on a separate matter, his ankle monitor was removed in a decision by the government’s hand-picked Community Protection Board that was stood up to manage the former detainees.

Bail was also not opposed by prosecutors in that hearing.

Mr Albanese this morning criticised the independent board’s decision to remove the monitoring device.

“I think that’s a wrong decision by that board, which they make the decisions independent [of government],” Mr Albanese said.

“It is an outrage that this occurred.”

The prime minister also distanced himself from the decision not to oppose bail for Mr Doukoshkan before the alleged home invasion occurred.

“In this country, in Australia we have a separation of the judicial system from the political system, but if it was up to me I assure you there would not have been bail granted in that case … I am upset about that decision.

“I think that lacks common sense and that is one of the things that no doubt will be on the agenda today at the meeting of [police ministers] that will be chaired by [Attorney-General] Mark Dreyfus.

The federal government has been caught in a political battle over the cohort of released detainees since the High Court decision.

The federal opposition has been calling for Immigration Minister Andrew Giles and Home Affairs Minister Clare O’Neil to be sacked over the affair, claiming it has been bungled from the outset.

That has intensified since 73-year-old Ninette Simons was attacked and her husband tied up in the alleged home invasion.

Ms Simons this morning spoke to Channel Nine where she said she was still feeling “very scared and traumatised” and let down by the government.

Opposition Leader Peter Dutton repeated this morning that the government had failed to keep people safe.

“Ninette never needed to go through the horrific experience she went through,” Mr Dutton said.

“If the minister doesn’t have responsibility here I don’t know who does.”

Mr Giles and Ms O’Neil have laid low since the alleged home invasion, neither holding a press conference and each doing just a single interview.

Government Services Minister Bill Shorten said he could not understand how Mr Doukoshkan had been bailed.

“I honestly don’t know why the federal prosecutor, who admittedly is independent so I will probably get in trouble for saying this, but why on earth didn’t the federal prosecutor oppose bail?” Mr Shorten asked.

“I do not understand some of our bail laws, and I do not understand some of the decisions made to give these people freedom when they shouldn’t have it.”

SOURCE: ABCNEWS

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