Aussie arrested in Iraq

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The Weekend Australian says Warya Kanie, 39, an Iraqi Kurd, came to Australia about three years ago with his young daughter as part of the humanitarian refugee program to join his three brothers, who were already living in Adelaide.

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Mr Kanie, who had divorced his wife, was living in a housing trust apartment on unemployment benefits and receiving additional benefits as a single father.

A member of the Australian Iraqi community, who spoke to The Weekend Australian on condition of anonymity, said Mr Kanie was a Sunni and “had extremist views”.

Mr Kanie left Adelaide about seven months ago after gaining Australian citizenship, telling his family he was going to look for a new wife in Iraq.

But he allegedly told a friend that he was leaving Australia “to go on jihad”, the paper says.

Mr Kanie is alleged to have been staunchly opposed to the occupation of Iraq and to have supported violence against Western forces and Iraqis co-operating with them.

Mr Kanie travelled to Jordan with his daughter, whom he left with his sister before going on to the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.

Coalition forces detained Mr Kanie for allegedly engaging in anti-coalition activities in Baghdad in mid-October. He has since been held as a security internee.

A spokesperson from the Department of Foreign Affairs said consular officials met Mr Kanie on November 10 and spoke to him by phone on December 15.

“He is well,” the spokesperson said. “Officials in Canberra are in touch with his next of kin.”

Mr Kanie’s family expressed concern in Adelaide yesterday at the lack of information on why he was being held. “Why he is in the prison, I have absolutely no idea,” his brother Danna said.

Danna Kanie told The Weekend Australian a meeting with ASIO officials a few weeks ago had shed little light on the circumstances of his arrest.

“They’ve got no information at all,” he said. “They’re just waiting for information from Iraq.”

Bushfire threat eases in Vic

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But rain that caused flash flooding in parts of the state’s south-west at the weekend failed to have much effect in the east.

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A 4,000-hectare fire driven by a northerly wind threatened the town of Bruthen, near Lakes Entrance, yesterday afternoon.

A strong south-westerly change drove other fires towards the towns of Tambo Crossing and Ensay, but it eased overnight, Country Fire Authority assistant chief fire officer Craig Lapsley said.

“We had fires coming from the north on top of Bruthen, and in the afternoon with the south-westerly we had them moving towards Tambo Crossing and Ensay, which caused a lot of concern there,” he said.

Yesterday evening, fire authorities issued an urgent ember-threat message for Tambo Crossing, Ensay, Ensay North and Ensay South, but the warning was cancelled early this morning as winds eased.

Conditions remained dry in the east, Mr Lapsley said.

“Although we have had some moisture in the air and some rainfall, it has had little impact on where we are with fire conditions,” he told Southern Cross Radio today.

The fire threat would increase again during the week, he said.

“We’ll see the wind swing around to the north again mid-week, followed by a southerly change, so we are going to see this ongoing four-day cycle where we will have extreme weather followed by a cool change.”

A fire in forest at Boulder Creek, near Orbost, had remained within containment lines overnight but the communities of Club Terrace, Goolengook and McKenzie River would remain on alert, Mr Lapsley said.

SA mosque funding investigated

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Mr Downer says there is a prima facie case against Iraqi Kurd Warya Kanie, who came to Australia as a refugee in 2003 and was granted citizenship two years later.

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The 39-year-old left Adelaide seven months ago, telling family he was going to find a wife in Iraq.

He was arrested in Baghdad last October under a United Nations resolution which “authorises the detention for up to 90 days of people suspected of being involved in insurgency and terrorist activity”, Mr Downer told reporters in Adelaide today.

“There is a prima facie case apparently, according to the Iraqi authorities and coalition forces there.”

Mr Downer said federal authorities had investigated broader concerns about whether Islamic extremists from Saudi Arabia had sought to fund Australian mosques because there were concerns such mosques could become breeding grounds for extremists.

One Adelaide mosque had made a funding request to the Saudi Arabian government in “recent years”, he said, declining to elaborate.

“I can’t give you the headline `Adelaide mosques funded by extremists’ – I don’t have any knowledge that that is the case,” he said.

Mr Downer said he was “sure there is no link” between the

Adelaide mosque’s application to the Saudi Arabian government and Kanie.

“In relation to one mosque there was an application for funding from the Saudi Arabian government, not from extremist organisations, and the Australian government expressed a view about that,” he said.

Mr Downer would not disclose the exact mosque or whether the funding proceeded but said “no other mosque to the best of my knowledge has made an application for funding from the Saudi Arabian government”.

He said the federal government wanted to ensure mosques and other Islamic institutions in Australia had “no linkages with extremist organisations”.

“It’s a matter that we discussed with the Saudi Arabian

government in particular, because this is of course a matter which goes back well before 9/11,” he said, referring to the terrorist attacks in the United States in September 2001.

“And there has been concern, internationally, not specifically to Australia, about some elements in Saudi Arabia … trying to spread that particular extremist interpretation of Islam.

“Obviously we don’t want to see any extremist organisation penetrate into Australia.”

Mr Downer said Kanie could be held for up to 90 days under the United Nations resolution.

“At the end of that 90-day period, he would either be charged before the Iraq central criminal court or be released,” Mr Downer said.

“There is an ongoing investigation in relation to his activities so I’m not of course prepared, or at liberty, to comment on that.”

He said the man had come to Australia, gained citizenship after being in Australia for two years “and then chose to return to Iraq”.

“He says he has gone back to Iraq to find a wife and that is what his family are saying and that is what he himself has told our consular staff.”

Vic: Fires threaten Gippsland

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Residents in the isolated Gippsland town of Ensay have been escorted from the area to stock up on supplies

ahead of hot, windy conditions threatening to intensify a bushfire raging nearby.

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Fire crews have performed extensive backburning around bushfires near Tambo Crossing and at Boulder Creek, near Orbost, with a gusty north wind and temperatures in the mid to high 30s expected tomorrow and Thursday, Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) state duty controller Dennis Ward said.

The tiny town of Tambo Crossing is on alert this morning as the 10,000-hectare fire, a blow-out from the major Great Divide South fire complex that has burned vast tracts of the state’s high country since December, rages west of the town.

“There’s been a lot of work there. This is one of our challenging situations at the moment, particularly around Tambo Crossing. There is a threat alert there at present,” Mr Ward said.

“There has been backburning to the west of Tambo Crossing

overnight and also backburning north of Bruthen.

“There has been about 20 kilometres of backburning overnight as crews continue to work to strengthen and deepen containment lines ahead of the weather on Wednesday and Thursday.”

Residents of the Ensay district, who were trapped when the Great Alpine Road was closed at the weekend as the fire flared, were offered the chance to travel to nearby Bruthen today, escorted by police and fire tankers, DSE spokesman Kevin Monk said.

The convoy would allow residents to stock up on food and

supplies, and also allow anyone who travelled to Ensay to assist them at the weekend to head home, in case the fire intensified tomorrow and cut the Great Alpine Road again, he said.

DSE and Country Fire Authority crews have also been backburning around a 2,140-hectare fire in forest country at Boulder Creek, between Orbost and Cann River.

“That presents a bit of a challenge for us, a threat for us,

particularly with the weather that has been forecast,” Mr Ward said.

“We’re expecting very hot and dry weather with very gusty

north to north-west winds.”

More than 250 people, including 33 New Zealand and 50 NSW firefighters, are battling the Boulder Creek blaze, supported by 23 bulldozers and six aircraft.

The crews have built three kilometres of control lines around

the fire.

Major bushfires, started by lightning last month, continue to

rage in Victoria’s east and north-east.

The Great Divide North and South fires have burned more than 903,000 hectares of bush in Victoria’s high country.

Hicks faces ‘two more years’

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This Friday marks five years since David Hicks was detained at Guantanamo Bay.

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Hicks, who has been in custody in the notorious US military jail in Cuba since January 2002 after being captured in Afghanistan, has previously pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy, attempted murder and aiding the enemy.

But the charges were dropped after a US Supreme Court ruling last June declared illegal the military tribunals set up to try Hicks and other Guantanamo Bay inmates.

Mr McLeod said the Australian government must now step in and help the 31 year old.

“Our expectation is that if this government does nothing, that David Hicks will still be there in two years time awaiting trial,” Mr McLeod told ABC radio.

“A reason for that is Supreme Court challenges to this new military commission brought by other detainees, not necessarily David Hicks, but challenges that will delay the process such that he will be sitting there biding his time, contemplating taking his life, no doubt, because of what we’ve heard about his mental

state.”

Foreign Minister Alexander Downer acknowledged yesterday the saga had been dragging on for a long time, but said there were another 180 Australians facing legal action around the world.

Mr McLeod said Hicks’ case was different.

“No doubt the other 180 people facing legal processes around the world, they’re all facing charges,” he said.

“David Hicks currently is not facing any charges, he’s not even before any regular legal system and I would imagine that the other people Mr Downer is referring to are facing charges before regular legal systems and to compare Mr Hicks with any of those others is simply misinformed.”

Mr Downer said the Australian government had been in discussions with the US and he expected Mr Hicks to be charged by the end of the month.

“On the basis of the discussions we had in December with the Americans, my expectation is that the charges will be brought forward again because we’ve already had the three charges,” he told reporters in Adelaide.

“But the charges will be brought forward again within a matter of weeks. Not, you know, leaving it until the second half of the year or whatever.”