Dec 17 2014
IRAN says it requested the extradition of the Muslim terrorist gunman behind the Sydney hostage siege 14 years ago, but Australia refused.
In new developments the head of Iran’s police, Gen Ismail Ahmadi Moghaddam,told BBC reporters that Man Haron Monis, a welfare parasite in Australia, was wanted in Iran for fraud in 1996 but that he fled to Australia. “Since we did not have an agreement on the extradition of criminals with Australia, the Australian police refused to extradite him,” he said.
NEWS AU (h/t Eric M) Monis arrived in Australia as a refugee from Iran in 1996, and apparently alarm bells were ringing about his dangerous past even before he reached out shores. According to Fars News International, Iran’s government news agency, he had stolen $US200,000 from people applying for travel visas when he was working in a local travel agency, and used that money to flee to Australia. News Corp Australia today reports the Iranian State Department warned Australia about Monis before he arrived in the country almost 20 years ago.
“The psychological condition of the person who took refuse in Australia two decades ago has been discussed several times with the Australian officials,” a spokeswoman for the Iranian foreign ministry said. Australia had denied an attempt extradite Monis to Iran when he had been indicted for fraud in 1996.
When asked to confirm the claim in a press conference this afternoon, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said he would not confirm it but not deny it either. Mr Abbott did confirm that Man Haron Monis held a gun license and that he had been on welfare.
These latest revelations the latest in a stream of questions being asked by the community and its leaders in the wake of the horrifying Sydney siege that killed two innocent people and injured dozens of others. As the public learns more and more about the violent history of Man Haron Monis, the demand for answers strengthens.
The self-styled ‘sheik’ a dole recipient, became known to ASIO and other intelligence agencies in the late 2000s. His “extremist behaviour” and long criminal history, made him suspicious to intelligence agencies.
One example of Monis’ behaviour, when he sent offensive letters to the families of dead Australian soldiers in 2010, brought him into the national spotlight. But it was activities separate to this that gained the attention of ASIO, the AFP and the Department of Immigration.