Australia cancels Emad's visa

Accused people smuggler ''Captain Emad'' has had his visa cancelled, two months after he fled Australia.

Today Immigration Minister Chris Bowen announced that Ali Al Abassi -  also known as ''Captain Emad'' - no longer has a valid visa to return to Australia.

In a statement, Mr Bowen said the decision takes effect immediately and follows a ''detailed examination of this case by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship, both in Australia and overseas''.

Captain Emad fled Australia in early June, a day after the ABC Four Corners program aired claims he had been operating a people smuggling business out of Canberra and that he had posed as an asylum seeker to obtain a protection visa.

Australian Federal Police Commissioner Tony Negus said that even though an alert went out to authorities, Captain Emad was not stopped at Melbourne Airport - on his way to an undisclosed country - because there was not enough evidence to detain him.

Mr Negus told reporters at the time that it was unlikely Captain Emad would come back to Australia.

"There is little likelihood he would be arrested overseas and returned to Australia unless there is more evidence that can be collected prior to that point,'' he said.

Mr Bowen later issued a warning to Captain Emad: if the alleged people smuggler came back to Australia, his visa may be cancelled.

The Coalition have been scathing of the accused people smuggler's flight, arguing that Captain Emad was allowed to do a ''runner'' on the government's watch.

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The story Australia cancels Emad's visa first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.

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