By Sarah Keane • 25 November 2020 • 21:16
CONVICTED terrorist and Muslim cleric has Australian citizenship revoked
Home Minister Peter Dutton announced on Wednesday, November 25 his decision to revoke the citizenship of Algerian-born convicted terrorist Abdul Nacer Benbrika. Benbrika, also known as Abu Bakr, was jailed in 2005 for 15 years for plotting to detonate a bomb at the AFL Grand Final.
Bakr, who is eligible for release next month, has 90 days to appeal the cancellation of his visa and his deportation to Algeria. He was originally arrested with 17 other suspected terrorists after multiple plots were uncovered to bomb Australian landmarks, including the Lucas Heights nuclear reactor in Sydney. Bakr was considered to be the spiritual leader of those arrested.
Speaking to international media reporter in Brisbane, Dutton said, “If it’s a person who’s posing a significant terrorist threat to our country, then we’ll do whatever is possible within Australian law to protect Australians”.
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Former teacher and health services manager with a Degree in English, Sarah moved to Spain from Southern Ireland with her husband, who runs his own car rental business, in 2019. She is now enjoying a completely different pace and quality of life on the Costa Blanca South, with wonderful Spanish and expat friends in Cabo Roig. Sarah began working with Euro Weekly News in 2020 and loves nothing more than bringing all the latest national and international news to her local community.
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