Australia: Court curtails regime’s citizenship powers

Source: Seattle Times

“Australia’s highest court on Wednesday found a Cabinet minister illegally canceled a suspected Islamic State group fighter’s citizenship in a landmark ruling that curtails how governments can deal with extremists. The High Court, in a 6-to-1 judgment, restored Delil Alexander’s Australian citizenship that was removed in July last year by the then-Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews. The 35-year-old Alexander, who was born in Australia and has Turkish citizenship by descent, is in a Syrian prison on terrorism convictions. … Andrews canceled Alexander’s citizenship based on an Australian intelligence report that he had joined the group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and had likely engaged in fighting and recruiting for the extremist group. But the court ruled that the power she used — section 36B of the Australian Citizenship Act — was unconstitutional because it gave the minister the power of a court to determine criminal guilt.” (06/08/22)