The Courier-Mail

Missing letter stops Monis bail review


PROSECUTOR­S would have reviewed bail for Man Haron Monis if they had received a formal request from police, the Lindt Cafe siege inquest was told yesterday.

Assistant Commission­er Mark Jenkins is expected to give evidence tomorrow about why a letter from detectives requesting a bail review was not sent to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutio­ns.

Solicitor Lisa Viney, who was in charge of the Monis file, yesterday said she knew police had concerns over the handling of the local court hearing in December 2013 when Monis was granted bail for being an accessory to the murder of his wife. But Ms Viney said she had not begun the procedure for a case review because she had been waiting for a formal letter from police.

The inquest heard that the homicide detectives who drafted the letter seeking a review thought it had been sent to the DPP.

The inquest in Sydney continues.

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