News has just broken that a young man from Greystones has been wrongfully detained by police in Australia, accused of breaching of a 20-day extradition letter.
Having lived and worked in Western Australia for the past seven years, the 26-year-old Greystones-born Lee had recently applied for an employer-sponsored resident’s visa.
According to the arresting officers, a letter had been sent, refusing Lee’s application and cancelling his current business visa. Lee was told that he was therefore in breach of the 20-day period to leave the country.
Both Mr Lee and his Australian lawyer claim no such letter was received, and the Greystones man’s family have now stated that an appeal against the wrongful detention could take weeks or months. Just why Bernard was giving his marching orders is not yet known either.
His father, Norman, said, “Bernard does not want to appeal the decision of the Department of Immigration and Border Conrol because we have been advised that such appeals take months or years, during which time the person is kept in detention. He just wants to come home on the flight he booked for next week.”
Having been first brought to the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection by armed officers, the young Greystones man is currently being held at Yongah Hill in Northam, Western Australia, situated 90km north of Perth, where Lee has been living with his partner. His brother, Robert, added, “We have been advised that the Australian Immigration authorities regularly detain people in this facility for months without reason while they process paperwork.
“My mum is seriously ill, and has intense migraines from worrying about it.”