13 No ban on evil crim

Sunday Herald Sun - - News - MARK BUT­TLER AND SHAN­NON DEERY

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

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