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Australia 'Attention seeker' Zaky Mallah back in Australia after being detained

05:36  08 june  2018
05:36  08 june  2018 Source:   9news.com.au

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One-time Australian terror suspect Zaky Mallah has been detained in Singapore after attempting to visit the country just under a week ahead of the He received a two-and-a half-year jail sentence. Mallah , who has a reputation for courting media attention after an infamous appearance on the

Peter Dutton says Zaky Mallah is an attention seeker and a joke, and hates even talking about him. Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton says Singapore "won't cop idiots" like Zaky Mallah as the former terror suspect awaits deportation back to Australia .

a man holding a bag of luggage: Former terror suspect and convicted criminal Zaky Mallah has arrived back in Australia after he was detained after flying to Singapore. (9NEWS)© Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd Former terror suspect and convicted criminal Zaky Mallah has arrived back in Australia after he was detained after flying to Singapore. (9NEWS)

Former terror suspect and convicted criminal Zaky Mallah has arrived back in Australia after he was detained when flying into Singapore.

The 34-year-old was denied entry into the country “on account of his terrorism-relation antecedents,” a spokesperson from Singapore’s Ministry of Home Affairs office told 9NEWS.

He was deemed a security threat ahead of next week's summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

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One-time Australian terror suspect Zaky Mallah has reportedly been detained in Singapore after attempting to visit the country just under a week He received a two-and-a half-year jail sentence. Mallah , who has a reputation for courting media attention after an infamous appearance on the

Zaky Mallah , a Sydney man, was detained at Changi Airport when he flew into Singapore on June 5 night. Mallah was first person to be charged under new anti-terror laws in Australia . This was after he made a video in which he threatened to kill security officials and then commit suicide.

The spokesperson said he arrived at Changi Airport on Wednesday and was sent on the next available flight back to Australia.

He told reporters in Sydney he was “happy to be home”.

Mallah was the first person to be charged under new anti-terror laws in Australia in 2003 for allegedly planning a suicide attack on ASIO and DFAT.

a man holding a phone: He told reporters he was 'happy to be home'. (9NEWS)© Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd He told reporters he was 'happy to be home'. (9NEWS)

He was acquitted of the charges in 2005, but pleaded guilty to threatening violence against Commonwealth officials and spent two-and-a-half years in prison.

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One-time Australian terror suspect Zaky Mallah has been detained in Singapore after attempting to visit the country just under a week ahead of the He received a two-and-a half-year jail sentence. Mallah , who has a reputation for courting media attention after an infamous appearance on the

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton says Singapore "won't cop idiots" like Australian Zaky Mallah as the former terror suspect awaits deportation back to Australia . Mallah , who was jailed in 2005 for threatening ASIO staff but cleared of terrorism charges, was interrogated for five hours after landing

“There were also reports later that Mallah had travelled to Syria, and had expressed support for Al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist groups and the Free Syrian Army,” the Home Affairs office spokesperson said.

In 2015, he was controversially allowed to ask a question on ABC's Q&A program which lead to a government review.

Earlier, Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton says Singapore "won't cop idiots" like Mallah.

Mr Dutton said he hated talking about "attention seekers" like Mallah.

a man wearing a hat talking on a cell phone: Mallah was deemed a security threat ahead of next week's summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. (9NEWS)© Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd Mallah was deemed a security threat ahead of next week's summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. (9NEWS)

"He's this 'zealot' and he's 'so principled' yet he runs around in Nike gear, he's got trendy western gear on, so he's a joke this guy," the minister told Sydney radio 2GB.

"He's an attention-seeker and I hate even talking about him, but he'll be on a plane I suspect, back to Australia very soon. Singapore won't cop idiots like that."


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