13 No ban on evil crim
AUTHORITIES are powerless to stop an ultra-violent Melbourne extremist linked to three deaths from re-entering Australia.
Feared Ali Ali — who has previously been investigated by the Australian Federal Police — is overseas after his release from a jail in Asia where he had been accused of a young girl’s murder.
There was alarm in 2002 when, a year after the Twin Towers attack in New York — he was caught with an aircraft flight manual in his maximum security jail cell. The book was confiscated by prison security intelligence officials and the matter referred to the AFP’s target development section.
The self-styled Muslim extremist also ran a prison gang called The Taliban, named after the brutal regime which once ruled Afghanistan and harboured terrorists.
He is overseas but was born in Australia so there is no legal impediment to his returning.
Ali befriended a 17-year-old Filipino girl shortly after being released from a Victorian jail in 2015, where he had been serving a sentence for violent crimes.
Within weeks, he had flown out of Australia and into the Philippines to meet Alona Alvarez, his Facebook friend.
The slightly built girl’s body was found in a hotel room in Dipolog City.
Her face was unrecognisable, with local police describ- ing the attack as “brutal”.
Ali is believed to have checked into the room two days earlier after arriving legally in the Philippines on his own passport on January 26.
Sources say the case was withdrawn after Ali paid a settlement to Alona’s family.
Ali has been linked to two deaths in Victoria but never convicted of them.
In 1999, he attacked harmless fellow detainee Michael Tully at the Melbourne Custody Centre.
Ali covered a CCTV camera and stomped on Mr Tully’s head, leaving him with severe brain damage. The victim died three years later but Ali could not be charged with causing his death.
Ali has always been prime suspect in the 2011 prison bashing murder of Colin Johnson.
Johnson suffered horrific injuries in an attack at Fulham Correctional Centre, near Sale, in which he was bludgeoned with a rolling pin.
Homicide investigators had hoped the weapon would provide them with vital evidence but it had been thrown out by the time they became involved.
Murder victim Alona Alvarez