Iranian police had requested the extradition of Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis 14 years ago but Australian authorities refused to hand him over, Iran’s police chief has claimed in a statement.
Monis had committed a number of “violent” and fraud-related offences before he fled Iran “in disguise” in 1996, Iran’s police chief General Ismail Ahmadi Moghaddam said, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
At the time, Monis went by the name of Mohammad Hassan Manteqi. He fled first to Malaysia in 1996 and then to Australia, where he was granted political asylum, General Moghaddam claimed.
Iranian police spent four years collecting evidence against Monis, before seeking his extradition, he said.
But that request was turned down as Australia did not have an extradition treaty with Iran, the police chief claimed.
Monis, 50, was shot dead when police stormed into the Lindt Chocolat Cafe just after 2 am on Tuesday, more than 16 hours after he entered the cafe armed with a gun and held 17 customers and staff hostage.
At the time, Monis was before the courts on two separate and serious matters: more than 40 sexual assault charges involving seven alleged victims and as an accessory to the murder of his former wife.
The New South Wales government has called for an investigation into why Monis “slipped through the cracks” of the judicial system and was released from custody, the report said.
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