January 22, 2012
Due to Ali Abbas being moved to Adelaide prior to his court case, the prior planned solidarity rally outside the Federal Court in Melbourne has been cancelled.
The Refugee Action Collective (Victoria) condemns the Department of Immigration for moving Ali Abbas to Adelaide prior to his court case challenging ASIO’s adverse security check. Abbas is set to face the Federal Court on Monday morning. He remains his detention despite being given refugee status.
We are concerned about how this affects Ali’s court case, possibly isolating the 18-year-old refugee from his lawyers as well as his support network of fellow detainees and refugee advocates on the outside that are visiting. RAC Victoria had planned to hold a solidarity rally outside the Federal Court on Monday morning. But it is now unclear where the case is being held and whether Abbas will be present.
“I have been visiting Ali Abbas for 3 months and before that, for 6 months. Ali has been moved over 6 times. This is outrageous. He had been asking to be transferred to Darwin for ages as there are children there. Why did they move him now or why did they move him to MITA [Broadmeadows] or Adelaide? This is just adding to his mental state. How much more can we torture this child? We demand his freedom now,” said Daniella from the Refugee Action Collective.