We pay to keep vi­o­lent refugee

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - News - KEITH MOOR

TAX­PAY­ERS may have to fork out mil­lions of dol­lars to de­tain a refugee who can’t be de­ported de­spite a court be­ing told he wants to blow up Aus­tralians and mow down po­lice.

Po­lice de­tec­tives were so con­vinced of a cred­i­ble and im­mi­nent threat they ap­pealed di­rectly to Im­mi­gra­tion Min­is­ter Peter Dut­ton to de­port Ira­nian Be­hzad Bashiri.

Bashiri was ar­rested last month and is in im­mi­gra­tion de­ten­tion as an “un­law­ful nonci­t­i­zen”. But Mr Dut­ton has been un­able to de­port him.

Vis­it­ing Can­berra last year, Iran For­eign Min­is­ter Mo­ham­mad Javad Zarif said Iran would not ac­cept repa­tri­a­tion of its cit­i­zens against their will.

So Bashiri may have to stay in im­mi­gra­tion de­ten­tion, at a cost to tax­pay­ers of at least $110,000 a year. There is no limit on how long im­mi­gra­tion au­thor­i­ties can de­tain a per­son.

De­tec­tive Scott Sheedy told a re­cent bail hear­ing that po­lice held “grave fears for the safety of the pub­lic” if Bashiri, 35, were freed.

The of­fi­cer told Sun­shine Mag­is­trates’ Court that po­lice had ev­i­dence Bashiri had threat­ened to bomb Aus­tralia and la­belled Aussies ter­ror­ists who were killing chil­dren in his coun­try; poured petrol on him­self in a gov­ern­ment build­ing and pro­duced a lighter; and threat­ened to kill Aus­tralian em­bassy staff in Iran. He is also ac­cused of stalk­ing po­lice.

Bashiri ar­rived in Aus­tralia by boat in 2011, claim­ing to be a refugee from Iran. The court has heard his psy­chi­a­trist went to au­thor­i­ties af­ter their con­ver­sa­tions led him to be­lieve Bashiri was likely to harm po­lice and the com­mu­nity.

De­tec­tive Sheedy told the court Bashiri “has in­di­cated a ha­tred of Aus­tralia and con­tempt for gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials. (He) has a proven his­tory of com­mit­ting se­ri­ous crime and has dis­played the mo­ti­va­tion and ca­pa­bil­i­ties to use vi­o­lence to sup­port his ide­ol­ogy.”

In Queens­land, Bashiri was con­victed of threat­en­ing vi­o­lence and given a six-month jail sen­tence, sus­pended for 12 months, af­ter pour­ing petrol over him­self in 2012 and claim­ing he was go­ing to set a gov­ern­ment build­ing on fire.

In June, he was con­victed of stalk­ing, as­sault­ing po­lice, re­sist­ing ar­rest, com­mit­ting an in­dictable of­fence while on bail and act­ing in a dis­rup­tive man­ner in a po­lice jail. He served 13 days in jail be­fore be­ing given a 12-month cor­rec­tions order.

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