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Registered Child Sex Offenders Among Released Immigration Detainees in South Australia

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Geeta Pillai
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Registered Child Sex Offenders Among Released Immigration Detainees in South Australia

Two former detainees from South Australia, previously held on immigration grounds, have been identified as registered child sex offenders following their release due to a High Court ruling. This ruling deemed indefinite immigration detention unlawful, setting free over 140 individuals. Amongst them, another man, Aliyawar Yawari, currently in custody for an alleged indecent assault, though not listed as a sex offender, has a prior conviction.

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High Court Ruling Frees Detainees

These individuals were among the many detainees released in response to the High Court's ruling that deemed indefinite immigration detention as unlawful, if there was no foreseeable prospect of deportation. The ruling has resulted in a significant reshuffling of the detainees, with six now residing in South Australia. SA Police assistant commissioner John Venditto assured that the police were closely monitoring these individuals, aware of their past actions and potential activities. Venditto stated, "We can't see around corners, but we can see through BS, and we know what they're planning."

Sex Offenders Under Surveillance

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The identities of the two registered sex offenders were disclosed by the South Australian Police. In addition to them, Aliyawar Yawari, a former detainee, was arrested in Adelaide following an alleged indecent assault at a local motel. Despite not being listed as a sex offender, Yawari has a previous conviction. At the time of his arrest, Yawari was found wearing a federal monitoring bracelet, an indication of the stringent surveillance deployed for these individuals.

Coordinated Response Ensures Public Safety

Venditto confirmed the effectiveness of their surveillance efforts, stating that monitoring the six former detainees was manageable and did not impact other police services. The situation has prompted a coordinated response from state police and federal agencies to ensure proper supervision of the former detainees. Special attention is being given to those with histories of sexual offenses. This incident has sparked a conversation about the High Court's ruling and the challenges of managing the individuals released as a result.

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