Statement on allegations regarding removal of a detainee

The Department of Home Affairs and the Australian Border Force (ABF) reject claims Mr Nauroze Anees’ removal from Australia is being expedited due to any interaction with the media or the claims he has made.

He was one of several detainees visited by the ABF at Perth Immigration Detention Centre on 18 February, to discuss their removal from Australia.

This individual’s case has been comprehensively assessed by the Department, twice by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and the Federal Court. Planning for his removal from Australia is in line with normal practices.

The ABF has a legislative obligation to removal people from Australia once immigration matters have been finalised.

People who have had their immigration matters finalised are expected to depart Australia. For those who do not leave voluntarily, arrangements will be made to remove them from Australia.

While there is nothing to verify the authenticity of the audio recording released in the media, there is nothing in it that indicates improper practice by the officers or the Department.

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