Marrickville Council stands behind Sheikh Mansour

Released on: February 12, 2008, 1:00 am

Press Release Author: David B Smith

Industry: Law

Press Release Summary: At the Marrickville Council meeting of September 2007, the
Council resolved to write to the Federal Minister of Immigration in support of
Sheikh Mansour Leghaei's appeal to stay in the country. The language is formal but
the intent is clear. The leaders of our community do not want the Sheikh deported.

Press Release Body: Here's a copy of the letter:

20 December 2007

Senator the Hon Chris Evans
Minister for Immigration and Citizenship
Parliament House

Dear Minister


At its meeting of 11 December 2007 (Item CD50, 11/07) Council resolved that:

the report be received and noted;

Council write to the Federal Government expressing Council's support for Sheikh
Mansour Leghaei as he has played an active role in our community and other
communities over many years. As an important part of our community he makes great
contributions and his loss to the community would be a great loss to the area.

Accordingly, Marrickville Council's support for Sheikh Mansour Leghaei's appeal to
be able to remain in Australia with his family is drawn to your attention.

And here's a copy of the relevant section of the item, referred to in the above

It should be noted that since the Forum, Sheikh Mansour Leghaei has lost a High
Court appeal and is now threatened with imminent deportation. On his website
( Father Dave Smith of the Holy Trinity Church at Dulwich
Hill reports:

"This (situation) is astounding, as Mansour's appeal was not over whether he is a
decent citizen or not. It was simply over a point of law - ie. whether he was
entitled to a fair trial - and the answer he's been given is that because he is not
an Australian citizen, he is not entitled to a fair trial! This seems simply
monstrous to me, and something more appropriate to Nazi Germany than 21st Century
Australia! Mansour is Iranian. Because he is Iranian, he is apparently not entitled
to a fair trial! Can we imagine the outcry if the situation were reversed - if I
went to Iran and was detained on suspicion of some crime, but was then told that
because I was Australian I wasn't entitled to a fair trial

Mansour has asked his friends to do no more than pray for a just outcome. I intend
to do that and more. Indeed, I'm looking for support from other Christian clergy,
politicians, and high profile sports people of all nationalities, religions and
races to show their support for this man, who is a renowned pacifist, and a
bridge-builder between our various ethnic and religious communities."


1. the report be received and noted; and

2. Council consider any appropriate action in respect of Father Dave Smith's comments.

Web Site:

Contact Details: Father Dave
Holy Trinity Church, Dulwich Hill
Tel: 02-9569-1255
Fax: 02-9569-1220
11 Herbert Street, Dulwich Hill, NSW 2203

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