THE LAWYER representing Australia’s longest serving immigration detainee says his client’s ordeal may have been shorter if Australia had appropriate forums to deal with the war crimes allegations the case turned on.
Vincent said the allegations that Noori was responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Afghanistan in the late 1980’s would have been dealt with better and more speedily through a proper war crimes tribunal and under a stronger test for assessing allegations of war crimes.
“Administrative procedures are not well suited to assessing evidence of war crimes and crimes against humanity,” he said.
“Neither the government departments, the lawyers nor the decision makers have the training or background to deal with such complex matters properly.”
Vincent said the case possibly “wouldn’t have gone as far as it did” if the evidence had been heard by a court more experienced in war crimes and under a stronger standard for assessing the allegations.
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