Abdelmoez Mohamed Elawad: Former detainee charged over immigration release breach in Victoria

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Abdelmoez Mohamed Elawad fronted Melbourne Magistrate’s Court on Monday charged with three counts of breaching his visa-mandated curfew and one count of failing to maintain his monitoring device. 
Abdelmoez Mohamed Elawad fronted Melbourne Magistrate’s Court on Monday charged with three counts of breaching his visa-mandated curfew and one count of failing to maintain his monitoring device.  Credit: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

Another former detainee has been charged following their release from immigration detention after a controversial High Court decision.

The arrest comes just a day after it emerged a former detainee was one of three charged over the violent bashing and robbery of an elderly couple in Perth.

Abdelmoez Mohamed Elawad fronted Melbourne Magistrate’s Court on Monday charged with three counts of breaching his visa-mandated curfew and one count of failing to maintain his monitoring device.

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The 45-year-old was granted bail later that day and will next front court on May 22.

An Australian Federal Police spokesperson said the offenses carried a maximum imprisonment term of five years and a $93,000 fine.

“It is alleged the man breached the conditions of his Commonwealth visa on three occasions between 20 April 2024 and 29 April 2024 by failing to observe his residential curfew obligations and maintain his monitoring device,” said the AFP spokesperson.

The curfew monitoring of former detainees is part of a suite of measures introduced by the Albanese government after a High Court decision found Australia was unable to detain people who could not return to their home country.

Mr Elawad along with Jamshidi Doukoshkan were among the 149 immigration detainees released after the High Court decision.

On Monday, Mr Jamshidi Doukoshkan, 43, fronted court in Perth charged over the violent home invasion in Girrawheen that left Ninette and Philip Simons with serious injuries.

Mr and Mrs Simons were both at their Allinson Drive home on April 16 when it is alleged that three people arrived pretending to be police officers.

When Mr Simons, 76, opened the door of his home, he was immediately pushed to the ground and had his hands bound behind his back.

Mrs Simons, 73, was allegedly subsequently held to the ground and punched in the face several times, causing her to lose consciousness.

It will be further alleged that the offenders stole more than $200,000 worth of jewellery and other items before fleeing on foot.

Mr Jamshidi Doukoshkan is one of three charged over the alleged robbery. He was released on bail in February after allegedly breaching conditions of his release from detention.

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