GP’s ban is lifted af­ter sex case win

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - The Everest - IAN PATER­SON

AN Iraqi doc­tor who beat rape charges and was banned from tak­ing on fe­male pa­tients has been given the go-ahead to treat young girls.

In the NSW Supreme Court this week, Dr Mo­hammed Hadi, 40, who mi­grated from Iraq in 2009, ap­pealed his re­stricted med­i­cal li­cence, which was then al­tered. The GP is now al­lowed to treat young girls un­der the age of 15 at the Rao Med­i­cal Cen­tre in the Rive­rina town of Tocumwal where he is reg­is­tered.

The court ruled there was no “ev­i­dence or any in­di­ca­tion what­so­ever that the sex­ual pro­cliv­i­ties of (Dr Hadi) would ex­tend to young fe­males”.

How­ever, Dr Hadi is still pro­hib­ited from con­sult­ing, ex­am­in­ing, treat­ing or per­form­ing any pro­ce­dures on any fe­male pa­tients aged 16 or older and he must re­new his reg­is­tra­tion in April next year.

Re­stric­tions on Dr Hadi’s li­cence stem from a Fe­bru­ary 2015 charge of rape (for which he was sub­se­quently ac­quit­ted) when he had been work­ing as a doc­tor in ru­ral South Aus­tralia.

The court heard Dr Hadi had con­vinced a pa­tient 10 years his ju­nior to en­ter into a “tem­po­rary mar­riage” be­cause as a prac­tis­ing Mus­lim he was not al­lowed to have sex with her un­less they were mar­ried.

Be­tween De­cem­ber 2014 and Jan­uary 2015 the pair met for what Dr Hadi de­scribed as “rough sex”. Ac­cord­ing to the agreed facts, on the last oc­ca­sion they slept to­gether in Jan­uary 2015 he slapped the woman across the face in what he con­sid­ered to be their “usual rough” sex.

But Dr Hadi was also in­volved with a fe­male doc­tor in Iraq. Dr Hadi said while he was sleep­ing with his for­mer pa­tient he re­garded him­self as sin­gle be­cause he wasn’t sure he would marry his now wife. He also ex­plained the “tem­po­rary mar­riage” with the for­mer pa­tient was only mo­ti­vated by “sex­ual de­sire”.

Bizarrely, dur­ing this time, Dr Hadi al­lowed his fu­ture wife to join him on rounds at the hospi­tal he then worked at and to con­duct a rec­tal ex­am­i­na­tion on a fe­male pa­tient, de­spite not be­ing reg­is­tered in SA. Dr Hadi was merely cau­tioned by the Med­i­cal Board of Aus­tralia.

Af­ter be­ing ar­rested and charged with rape in Fe­bru­ary 2015, Dr Hadi flew back to Iraq and mar­ried the woman and they both re­turned to Aus­tralia to look for work.

Dr Hadi fought the al­le­ga­tion at trial and the pros­e­cu­tion dropped the case.

He was sub­se­quently granted a re­stricted li­cence by the Med­i­cal Board of Aus­tralia, which pre­vented him from see­ing any fe­male pa­tients. Dr Hadi then moved to a new job in Tocumwal.

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