Australia to Compensate Iraqi Asylum Seeker for Unlawful Detention
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Australia to Compensate Iraqi Asylum Seeker for Unlawful Detention

ERBIL - The Australian government is expected to pay an Iraqi asylum seeker hundreds of thousands of dollars to compensate him for his unlawful detention, a report said on Monday.

The Iraqi asylum seeker is said to receive $350,000 in return for being affected by his detention of more than two years behind bars.

The federal court found the Iraqi man on Monday unlawfully detained.

Director principal of the group Human Rights for All which ran the case, Alison Battisson, pointed out that the judgment was “incredibly significant” because unlike other cases of detention before the high court, this case focussed on the purpose of detention.

"This decision says if you are not pursuing the purpose of detention, then the detention is no longer lawful, and it doesn’t matter if they have a visa or not," she told the Guardian.