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Australia Adelaide cleaner to be deported to Iran after court ruling

05:33  25 september  2019
05:33  25 september  2019 Source:   smh.com.au

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The 29-year-old Hazara man was ruled to be ‘not a real risk’ of being harmed upon his return to the troubled country.

a person posing for the camera with Old Tuscaloosa County Jail in the background: Negar Ghodskani in a picture provided by the Sherburne County Sheriff's Office.© AP Negar Ghodskani in a picture provided by the Sherburne County Sheriff's Office.

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The case involving former Adelaide cleaner Negar Ghodskani drew worldwide headlines and caught the attention of Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif after she was arrested in Australia in 2017. Then he said "nobody was talking" about her and promoted a prisoner swap involving Ghodskani and westerners held in Iranian prisons.

Ghodskani, 40, was pregnant at the time of her arrest and gave birth to her son Nickan in custody under guard in Adelaide ahead of her extradition to the US.

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The curious case of former Adelaide cleaner Negar Ghodskani began in Iran 11 years ago, moved to Malaysia, then Ghodskani, after her extradition from Adelaide to the US in July, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to Ghodskani will be deported to Iran when she completes her US sentence.

Gibbs said bringing the case before the court was not seeking to interfere with the government’s power to deport people who were “genuinely non-Australian”. Love was given his visa back under ministerial discretion but Thoms remains in immigration detention after more than seven months.

US District Court Judge Joan Ericksen agreed in Minneapolis on Tuesday(Wednesday AEST) with Ghodskani's lawyer Robert Richman the 27 months she had already spent in custody in Australia and the US was enough.

"It went very well," Richman told AAP. "The court sentenced her to time served.

"We are expecting she will be deported back to Iran in the next few weeks."

US prosecutors had asked for a prison sentence of around three to five years.

Ghodskani's path to prison began in Iran in 2008 when she was hired by Iranian telecommunications manufacturer Fana Moj, whose principal customer was the government owned Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting radio and TV network.

She flouted US sanctions on Iran by purchasing US electronics components and products for her company. In 2009 Ghodskani moved to Malaysia to work at Fana Moj front company Green Wave Telecommunication and continued to thwart international sanctions by sourcing items needed by her employer.

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Ghodskani successfully applied to Australia for a skilled worker visa in 2012, quit her job in Malaysia and moved to Adelaide with her husband, former Iranian sports journalist Ali Lotfisetan.

The couple worked at McDonald's and other jobs in Adelaide before saving enough money to buy a house cleaning business.

Ghodskani was four months pregnant when Australian Federal Police arrested her on behalf of US authorities at her Adelaide home.

She gave birth while held in custody ahead of extradition and was forced to hand over her newborn son. Her conviction led to her husband losing his Australian immigration status and being forced, with their son, to move back to Iran.

Lotfisetan described in a heartbreaking letter to the judge the pain his wife endured handing over their son in the hospital and also how the toddler has been separated from his mother for so long he does not know who she is.

"Her primary concern is reuniting with her husband and son as quickly as possible," Richman said.

Media reports had raised speculation Iran was interested in swapping Ghodskani for Australian backpackers Jolie King and Mark Firkin who are being held at Iran's notorious Evin prison. With her pending deportation to Iran, however, a swap is no longer applicable.

Reuters

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