A recently released immigration detainee arrested for possessing cannabis has a criminal history including serious crimes of violence and firearm offences.
Mohammed Ali Nadari was arrested in western Sydney on Saturday just six days after being released following a controversial High Court decision.
A statement of facts tendered at Parramatta Local Court outlined Nadari’s previous criminal history.
‘The accused has a lengthy criminal history which includes but is not limited to maliciously cause grievous bodily harm,’ the statement said.
Immigration detainees have been released from detention centres including Villawoodin Sydney’s west
His record also includes discharging a firearm with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, contravening an apprehended violence order and committing an act of indecent assault.
He also has entries for theft, larceny, resisting a police officer, drug possession and property related offences.
Nadari, who was released from detention on November 26, was arrested at 4.19pm at Merrylands after being found with 2 grams of cannabis.
The 45-year-old is described in the statement of facts as one of the high-risk detainees released after the High Court’s decision that indefinite detention was unlawful.
‘The accused has already committed an offence within one week of being released,’ the statement said.
‘The accused is currently unemployed and does not have a fixed place of abode. The accused has told police that he lives on the street.’
Nadari was found in Sheffield Street, Merrylands, where police had gone to evict squatters.
While police were evicting squatters living in three houses in that street Nadari entered one of the properties through a broken fence.
Police told Nadari to sit on the ground and asked him for identification. As he produced identification Nadari grabbed three small resealable bags from his wallet and threw them behind him.
The bags contained green vegetable matter which was established to be cannabis.
Nadari, whose identification was confirmed from his Immicard, was placed under arrest and denied knowledge of the cannabis.
He declined to be interviewed at Granville police station.
Aliyawar Yawari has been charged with two counts of indecent assault just three weeks after he was released from immigration detention after the High Court’s controversial ruling
Nadari, who was one of two released detainees to be arrested in recent days, was convicted in his absence on Monday and fined $300.
Aliyawar Yawari, 65, appeared in the Adelaide Magistrates Court on Monday less than a month after he walked free from Yongah Hill Immigration Detention Centre in Western Australia.
Police arrested Yawari at the Pavlos Motel in Pooraka in Adelaide’s north on Saturday night after allegations a woman had been assaulted by a guest.
He did not apply for bail and has been remanded in custody until January.
Yawari was previously accused of attacking three women and was convicted of assault in 2016.
The High Court’s decision on November 8 allowed 148 dangerous non-citizens to be released from detention.
Yawari was previously described by a judge as a ‘danger to the Australian community’ and has served a jail term for assaulting three women including one he hit with her own walking stick.