Man to say in immigration detention after appeal rejected
A MAN convicted of inappropriately touching a boy at Ipswich Library has unsuccessfully pleaded with the Court of Appeal to be released from immigration detention on Christmas Island.
Waji Ali has been in detention since his bridging visa was cancelled in April 2014 after he was charged with indecent treatment of a child under 16.
A jury found him guilty of approaching and inappropriately touching a boy while he browsed books at the Ipswich Library in 2013.
Evidence before the court said Ali invited the boy to his house and tried to kiss his neck.
Ali was released upon entering into a recognisance for $200 but has been held in detention since.
He appealed the conviction on the grounds the verdict was unreasonable and could not be supported by the evidence and the trial was unfair because of the shortcomings in the police investigations.
"They played with my life. The complainant, these boys and police mentally and emotionally tortured me for more than three years," Ali said in submissions to the court.
"They detained me in different immigration centres for more than two years and seven months and I am currently being detain in Christmas Island immigration detention centre of nothing.
"I need justice please, and I hope the judge will take right decision to rescue me please."
The appeal was dismissed.
It was the second time Ali appealed a conviction - the first time the appeal was successful and a second trial was ordered in which he was found guilty.