Australians Detained Abroad Blog

Peter Greste’s Family Grateful For Support

From the Supreme Court of Victoria: The family of jailed Australian journalist Peter Greste has expressed its appreciation to Victoria’s legal community for getting behind a benefit concert to raise funds to help secure the Al Jazeera correspondent’s freedom. The Free Peter Greste Appeal, held at Melbourne’s Hi Fi Bar last month, raised about $22,000

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Australians In Hong Kong Urged Caution

Australians travelling through or currently in Hong Kong are being advised to stay clear of protests and monitor local media for changing conditions. For more information see DFAT advisory alert here: http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/zw-cgi/view/Advice/Hong_Kong

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Clemency Conditions Broadened in the USA

In a move welcomed by ADA this April, the US Government announced a broadening of clemency conditions for non-violent offenders charged with drug offences. The new guidelines are considered an attempt to rectify discrepancies in sentencing for Federal offences, particularly between those convicted for crack versus powder cocaine crimes. Applicable to those convicted prior to

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Egyptian Ambassador Hopes Greste Freed Soon

The Egyptian Ambassador to Australia Hassan El-Laithy says he “hopes and expects” jailed journalist Peter Greste will be reunited with his family in Brisbane “sooner rather than later”. Mr Greste and his two Al Jazeera colleagues were detained in December 2013 and found guilty in June of spreading false news to defame Egypt. He was sentenced to seven

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Aussies Face Death Penalty In China

SEVERAL Australians have been arrested in China for allegedly trying to smuggle home large amounts of drugs and some of them face the death penalty. Alarm about the practice and the number of individual arrests in recent months has prompted the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to issue fresh travel advice for China specifically

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