Anthony Albanese points finger at Coalition over release of former detainee

“I don’t want to say anything that would interfere with those criminal proceedings (but) what I can say is that for five years, successive governments tried to maintain the cancellation of this individual’s visa,” Giles said.

“The AAT made the decision to revoke it, despite guidance that places a very high priority on community safety and recognizes the importance of the Australian community on domestic violence.”

Born in Sudan, Saki arrived in Australia when he was 11 on a humanitarian visa along with his father and brothers. His visa was canceled in 2019, a year after he was sentenced to 18 months in prison for strangling her partner unconscious in front of her young daughter.

The AAT reinstated Saki’s visa on March 27, in part because of new rules introduced by Giles last year requiring the court, in visa cancellation cases, to consider the length of time spent in Australia.


“That is why this individual was allowed to return to the community,” said opposition leader Peter Dutton.

“The AAT made it clear in the decisions it issued: they cited directive 99 that the minister had issued.

“It makes no sense for the Prime Minister and Andrew Giles to blame the AAT. The AAT can only abide by the laws before them.

“The government watered down the character test, and that means this individual has been released back into the community, and the allegation now is that he then committed murder.