AUSTRALIAN security authorities will independently reassess the veracity of Egypt’s 1999 case against a convicted jihadist terrorist who was held in a minimum security detention centre for eight months.
Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus said he would not pre-empt the case against the man, identified as Maksoud Abdel Latif, and the evidence brought against him in Egypt would be examined.
“There is no evidence that he has committed any offence here in Australia and the circumstances of what happened in Egypt in 1998-1999, they’ll all be examined, as is absolutely appropriate, in the course of examining claims that he is making and deciding what is to be his future,” Mr Dreyfus told Sky News.
“We have the rule of law in our country. We have proper investigative practices in our country.”
Publicly accusing another nation of not having the rule of law nor proper investigating practices is not a good look for an Attorney General of a first world country even if he is a member of a third rate government. Dreyfus is only trying to deflect attention away from the debacle occasioned by the ALP’s open border policy and budget restraints on Customs, ASIO and the AFP.
Anyone with skin in the game or an interest in Australia’s security have been warning all and sundry that to let people into the country when they come via boats, having destroyed identity papers en route, is dangerous. These boat people are not all they make themselves out to be. Afganis fleeing military service while Diggers are dying in Afghanistan; Tamils (who invented the suicide bomber) looking for a better life on our social security, and, as is apparent in this case, terrorists escaping justice, are all among the mix.
And, do you really think there is only one terrorist among the tens of thousands of illegal arrivals since Rudd opened the borders?
There are hundreds of questions to be asked about the ALP’s handling of the illegal entries. With authorities swamped and budgets tightened it must be almost impossible to vet each arrival. With the government overwhelmed by their own incompetence they have folded and have released thousands of unknown people into the community.
There isn’t even a semblance of control.
Julia Gillard announcement of a probe of the case is tantamount to offering a bandaid to double amputee. It wont help and by the time the results are out we will most probably have another government. Still, considering all she wants to do is get the matter off the front page then it will likely work for her in the winter of her political life.
One hundred days to go – what else can go wrong?