Community Safety

Detainee reports shrouded in secrecy

May 2, 2024

Thursday 02 May 2024
Dan Jervis-Bardy
The West Australian

 The promised monthly report from the Commonwealth law enforcement board which  decides what conditions are imposed on ex-detainees is nowhere to be seen,  prompting accusations the Federal Government is keeping Australians "in  the dark about community safety failings".
 The ongoing secrecy comes after the robbery and bashing of a Girrawheen  couple allegedly at the hands of an exdetainee.
 The board which advised against fitting Majid Jamshidi Doukoshkan with a GPS  tracker before his alleged role in the horrifying attack was supposed to  start releasing monthly updates on all of the detainees freed after last  year's High Court ruling.
 The reports, first promised in mid-March, were due to include figures on the  number of people released from detention, the conditions they must adhere to  in the community and if any applications for preventative detention had been  submitted to Supreme Courts.
 Six weeks after that initial deadline, the first of the monthly reports is  yet to be published.
 "They (the Federal Government) promised more transparency and they've  failed to deliver," shadow home affairs minister James Paterson, right,  told The West Australian.
 "They should not be keeping Australians in the dark about their  community safety failings." "Australians deserve to know what is  going on with this high-risk cohort now free in the community.
 The West asked the offices of Immigration Minister Andrew Giles, Home Affairs  Minister Clare O'Neil, the Department of Home Affairs and Australian Border  Force when the report would be published but did not receive a response.
 The board is under intense scrutiny after revelations it recommended against  fitting Mr Jamshidi Doukoshkan with an ankle-monitoring bracelet.
 The 43-year-old is now facing charges for his role in an alleged home invasion  and bashing which left grandmother Ninette Simons with severe facial  injuries.
 Chaired by ABF assistant commissioner Sandra Jeffrey, the eight-person board  includes Commonwealth officials, former police chiefs, a clinical  psychologist and a youth justice expert.
 Set up in December, the board makes recommendations on what conditions should  be imposed on each detainee based on their risk to the community.
 Conditions include curfews, ankle monitoring and the possibility of re-deten  tion.
 Mr Jamshidi Dou koshkan was hauled before court in February accused of  repeatedly breaching his curfew.
 The Commonwealth did not oppose bail, with the magistrate tell ing the court  that she would not have been so "generous" had it not done so.

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