A fourth asylum seeker has been arrested following a controversial High Court ruling, as Anthony Albanese faces a full-blown crisis on the issue.
The Sudanese-born man, 45, was charged on Wednesday with allegedly stealing luggage at Melbourne Airport from a traveller who was asleep and for failing to comply with a curfew.
The man was expected to appear at the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Wednesday.
He is the fourth asylum seeker to be charged with offences after the High Court’s decision on November 8 allowed 148 dangerous non-citizens to be released from detention.
Three other freed detainees – including a paedophile and a sex offender- have been arrested and charged in separate incidents.
Afghan refugee Aliyawar Yawari, 65, was charged with indecently assaulting a woman at a hotel in South Australia on Saturday.
Mohammed Ali Nadari, 45, was arrested over drug charges in New South Wales and convicted paedophile Emran Dad, 33, was arrested in Dandenong, south-east of Melbourne, for allegedly making contact with minors on social media and breaching his reporting obligations.
The arrests mark a significant escalation in the crisis facing the Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese, who stands accused of failing a major leadership test over the issue.
More to come.