By the National Reporting Team’s Dan Oakes
Updated Fri at 2:34pmFri 5 Sep 2014, 2:34pm
PHOTO: The man, referred to in court as MYVC, vehemently denied being a people smuggler. (ABC News: Nic MacBean)
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An Australian citizen has been stripped of his passport on the basis of secret ASIO evidence that allegedly shows he is a people smuggler.
The intelligence agency used national security legislation to successfully argue that the man’s alleged activities were a threat to Australia’s security.
Although the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) would not comment on individual passport cancellations, lawyers were unable to recall another example of a suspected people smuggler’s passport being cancelled on national security grounds.
After the Foreign Minister cancelled the man’s passport at ASIO’s request, the man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appealed that decision in the Federal Administrative Appeals Tribunal.
An ASIO agent operating under the pseudonym “Alan Masling” said the man had been pleasant and cooperative in the three voluntary interviews he gave ASIO operatives.
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