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Bail Revoked for Partner of Sydney Gunman Accused of Killing His Ex-Wife

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The partner of the gunman who stormed cafe in Sydney, leading to the deaths of two hostages, has had her bail revoked by a local magistrate, a week after the attack spurred concerns about the nation’s justice system.

A Sydney court on Monday ordered Amirah Droudis sent to jail to await trial for allegedly murdering the ex-wife of her companion, Man Haron Monis, who last week held staff and patrons of the city’s Lindt cafe hostage for 16 hours, reports the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). At the time of the attack on the cafe, Monis had also been out on bail on charges of being an accessory to the same murder.

After the siege, Sydney authorities had called for inquiries into how the couple had received bail, with Brad Hazzard, Attorney General of New South Wales, asking “whether every aspect of her [Droudis] being on bail has been examined in all possible detail.”

The attack has raised questions about the degree to which Monis’ evasion of authorities’ surveillance could represent systemic flaws in Australia’s policies, including not just its bail system, but also its gun laws and terrorism prevention capabilities.


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