Iranian cleric, Mansour Leghaei, given 28 days to leave the country

Paul Maley; 22/2/10

MansourLeghaei, the Iranian cleric twice declared a security threat by ASIO, has been given 28 days to leave the country after an immigration appeals tribunal rejected his final application to remain in Australia. For more than a decade, Dr Leghaei has been contesting in the courts two adverse security assessments issued by ASIO, which it is understood believes the cleric is an Iranian operative. Dr Leghaei’s battle to remain in Australia has won high-profile backing, with Attorney-General Robert McClelland writing two character references for the Sydney-based sheik, one of which challenged ASIO’s findings. But on Friday, the Migration Review Tribunal upheld a decision by the Immigration Department denying the sheik a residency visa. As a result, the department has cancelled Dr Leghaei’s bridging visa, giving him 28 days to leave.

See:; Muslims hit out at ‘travesty’ of convictions under terrorism laws; Angus Hohenboken; 22/2/10;