Merrick Life: A new trial will be held in the Merrick case
Posted On July 5, 2021
The Federal Court of Australia has ordered a new trial in the trial of Merrick Robert Merrick, the Australian citizen who was found guilty of terrorism offences, and has ordered that he be held at an Australian detention centre for the remainder of his life.
Justice Andrew Biddle said Merrick’s trial in April this year was “a tragic event”, and it would have been “inappropriate” to remand him to a detention facility at the same time as the appeal was being heard.
The Federal Court had earlier heard Merrick had been in Australia illegally for more than three years, and was the founder of a “largely dormant” Australian Islamic Movement (AIM) based in Queensland.
“The Federal Government has the responsibility to ensure that the Australian public have access to all of the information required to understand the circumstances of the alleged offences committed by Mr Merrick,” Justice Biddle wrote in his decision.
“At this time, Mr Merricks trial in its entirety is unnecessary, and therefore it is appropriate to allow the Federal Court to make a further order requiring Mr Mericks detention at the Australian mainland for the duration of his trial.”
Mr Justice Biddling found that the prosecution had failed to prove Mr Merick was acting in a “specific, significant and organised” way to commit the offences of terrorism.
“It is clear that Mr Merrik is a person of considerable notoriety, but his activities and intentions are unknown to the public,” he said.
“As the evidence is not known, it cannot be determined whether he was acting alone or with others.”
Justice Biddle rejected the Government’s submissions that Mr Justice Biddes conduct was “unjust” and “excessive”.
“There was a need for this court to consider the circumstances surrounding Mr Merriks involvement in the acts charged against him,” he wrote.
“Given the public interest in this matter, and given that it was in the public’s interest to be informed of this matter and the extent of his involvement, the public should have been made aware of Mr Merris alleged involvement in these offences.”
The Federal Police said the Federal Government would not be commenting on the appeal, but said it was disappointed in the Federal Circuit Court decision.
Topics:terrorism,government-and-politics,law-crime-and.crime,courts-and-(human-interest),crime,immigration,crime,india,australiaFirst posted March 01, 2019 09:52:00Contact Sophie YoungMore stories from Australia