– A convicted Egyptian terrorist who arrived in Australia by boat as an asylum seeker was mistakenly cleared by ASIO for release into the community even though he was on an Interpol red-alert list.
Even after the mistake was realised, the man, who had been convicted in Egypt on murder and terrorism charges in 1999 was held in a low-security facility for nearly eight months, a Senate hearing was told yesterday.
In the end, he was never released. He was moved last month from the low-security Inverbrackie facility in the Adelaide Hills to a higher security facility in Sydney.
Separately, the Australian Federal Police also realised who the man was in November 12th, 2012. Yet the Department of Immigration has told Fairfax Media it was not informed of the man’s criminal past until February this year.
The revelations came yesterday when ASIO Director-General David Irvine was grilled in a Senate estimates hearing, which also revealed that only 10-15% of asylum seekers arriving by boat receive a full ASIO security check before they are given protection visas.
Fairfax Media understands the man convicted of terrorism offences was a 55-year-old named Suleiman and appears to have been connected with a bomb attack.
Australian Federal Police Commissioner Tony Negus told the hearing that the man had been convicted in absentia for belonging to a terrorist organisation, the Egyptian Islamic Jihad.
The man arrived at Christmas Island in early May 2012 with his family and was transferred to Inverbrackie.
ASIO deemed him fit to be released into community detention due to “a clerical or some other mistake”, Mr Irvine said.
“ASIO missed that man, didn’t they?” shadow attorney-general George Brandis asked.
Mr Irvine replied that ASIO had either “thought…that he was someone else or that he was not registered in our holdings” – David Wroe & Bianca Hall

About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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