'Captain Emad' visa cancellation
Friday, 03 August 2012
The protection visa of Ali Al Abassi, the man also known as 'Captain Emad', has been cancelled following detailed examination of this case by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship, both in Australia and overseas.
The decision takes effect immediately. Mr Al Abassi is currently overseas and the cancellation means he has no valid visa to return to Australia.
Last month, I announced that Mr Al Abassi was to be served with formal notice to consider cancellation of his visa upon his return to Australia.
This was based on the apparent discrepancies in the information he provided to my department.
Since that time, my department has undertaken domestic and international investigations into his case and, on the basis of this further information, I have decided to cancel Mr Al Abassi's visa while he is still offshore under Section 128 of the Migration Act.
This decision has taken effect.
Mr Al Abassi no longer has a visa to return to Australia.
A notification of this decision has been sent to Mr Al Abassi's last known address. Under migration legislation, he has 28 days from the date of receipt of the notification to seek a revocation of the decision and to provide accompanying reasons.
It would not be appropriate to provide further details about this case and the decision at this time.
Last update: Friday, 03 August 2012 at 14:43 AEST