New Zealand deputy prime minister fires back in Bob Carr spat


Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has denounced the decision of Commonwealth prosecutors not to oppose bail for the former immigration detainee who went on to allegedly violently assault a Perth woman during a home invasion.

Ninette Simons was allegedly beaten and her husband tied up in a brutal home invasion. Police have since charged former immigration detainee Majid Jamshidi Doukoshkan who was previously released by the High Court.

Now the prime minister has hit out at his own government-appointed panel who decided that Doukoshkan did not need to wear an ankle monitor, and the Commonwealth prosecutors for not opposing bail earlier this year, before he went on to allegedly assault the Perth grandmother.

Ninette Simons was savagely assaulted in her home.

Ninette Simons was savagely assaulted in her home.Credit: Police Media

“In this country, in Australia, we have a separation of the judicial system from the political system, but, if it was up to me, I assure you that there wouldn’t have been bail granted in that case,” Albanese said on Channel Seven’s Sunrise program.

“I’m just as upset as you are. I think that lacks common sense and is one of the things no doubt that will be on the agenda today at the meeting of the attorneys-general.

“I think it’s a wrong decision by the board … they make the decisions independently.”

Simons is still feeling scared and traumatised, she told Nine’s Today program.

The men who allegedly assaulted her pretended to be police, she said. One man punched her repeatedly, she said.

“It was shocking and chilling to think one of these detainees has ended up here in my home … I don’t know who is responsible, if it’s the judicial system or the minister, but this never should have happened,” she said.

Simons said she felt let down by the government, and that she still felt unsafe in her home.



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