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UN condemns Australia for expelling Sheikh Mansour Leghaei to Iran
by Rick Feneley
Australia violated the human rights of an Iranian sheikh and his family when it expelled him without adequately explaining why ASIO suspected him of being a threat to national security, a United Nations committee has ruled.
"When I read the verdict I was in tears of joy," Sheikh Mansour Leghaei told Fairfax Media on Thursday, "because I thought, at last, I may be able prove to Australians that I did not betray them."
It is almost five years since he was forced to return to Iran with his wife and teenage daughter, leaving behind three adult sons in Sydney.
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