– The fate of a refugee who fled the Mubarak regime and was convicted of terrorism charges before escaping to Australia hangs in the balance as federal police wait on advice from Egyptian authorities.
As doubts were aired yesterday over the 1999 convictions against Sayed Ahmed Abdellatif in his native Egypt, the AFP stood by testimony it gave to a Senate hearing last week that he had been found guilty of serious charges such as murder and possession of explosives.
The AFP also revealed that, crucially, the Interpol “red notice” against Mr Abdellatif was reissued in 2011 – suggesting it was renewed after the downfall of former Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak, under whose regime Mr Abdellatif was convicted.
Mr Abdellatif has been the subject of a fierce political debate after it emerged that he had been kept for nearly a year in a low-security immigration detention facility – and remained there for months even after the AFP and ASIO discovered the serious terrorism convictions that the Egyptian authorities had registered with Interpol.
These convictions, according to the AFP, include membership of the radical Egyptian Islamic jihad group – which later merged with al-Qaeda – premeditated murder, destruction of property, and possession of firearms, ammunition and explosives.
Interpol red notices are not arrest warrants and carry a warning a person should be considered innocent until proven guilty.
University of Sydney international law specialist Ben Saul said it was not clear an old conviction meets the legal test of national security applied by ASIO in Australia.
“Egypt is notorious for having one of the world’s worst legal definitions of the crime of terrorism,” Professor Saul said.
Documents previously circulated by refugee advocate Ian Rintoul suggest that Mr Abdellatif was in fact charged only of participating “in a criminal agreement” and of being a leader and member of a group “established against the rules of the law”.
These documents were given additional emphasis yesterday when the ‘Guardian Australia’ reported it had verified the documents with the Egyptian Organisation for Human Rights.
The case prompted Prime Minister Julia Gillard to order a high-level inquiry into why Mr Abdellatif’s background was not more quickly discovered and why he was not moved immediately to a higher-security facility.
The father of six is now being held with his family in the high-security Villawood centre in Sydney – Daniel Flitton & David Wroe

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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