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1 This is an appeal from a judgment of a single judge of the Court, Hely J. His Honour dismissed an application for review of a decision of the Refugee Review Tribunal ("the RRT"). The RRT decided that the appellant was not entitled to a protection visa.

Abedi v Minister for Immigration & Multicultural Affairs [2002] FCAFC 43 (6

Abedi v Minister for Immigration & Multicultural Affairs [2002] FCAFC 43 (6 March 2002); [2002] FCA 208
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Abedi v Minister for Immigration & Multicultural Affairs [2002] FCAFC 43
Abedi v Minister for Immigration & Multicultural Affairs [2002] FCA 208



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FEDERAL COURT OF AUSTRALIA
Abedi v Minister for Immigration & Multicultural Affairs [2002] FCA 208


Migration Act 1958 (Cth) s 476

ALI JUMA ABEDI v MINISTER FOR IMMIGRATION AND MULTICULTURAL AFFAIRS

W 392 OF 2001

HEEREY, MARSHALL AND DOWSETT JJ

PERTH

6 MARCH 2002

IN THE FEDERAL COURT OF AUSTRALIA


WESTERN AUSTRALIA DISTRICT REGISTRY
W 392 OF 2001



ON APPEAL FROM A SINGLE JUDGE OF
THE FEDERAL COURT OF AUSTRALIA

BETWEEN:
ALI JUMA ABEDI

APPELLANT

AND:
MINISTER FOR IMMIGRATION AND MULTICULTURAL AFFAIRS

RESPONDENT

JUDGES
HEEREY, MARSHALL AND DOWSETT JJ

DATE OF ORDER:
6 MARCH 2002

WHERE MADE:
PERTH



THE COURT ORDERS THAT:

1. The appeal be dismissed.

2. The appellant pay the respondent's cost of the appeal.

Note: Settlement and entry of orders is dealt with in Order 36 of the Federal Court Rules.

IN THE FEDERAL COURT OF AUSTRALIA


WESTERN AUSTRALIA DISTRICT REGISTRY
W 392 OF 2001



ON APPEAL FROM A SINGLE JUDGE OF
THE FEDERAL COURT OF AUSTRALIA

BETWEEN:
ALI JUMA ABEDI

APPELLANT

AND:
MINISTER FOR IMMIGRATION AND MULTICULTURAL AFFAIRS

RESPONDENT



JUDGES:
HEEREY, MARSHALL AND DOWSETT JJ

DATE:
6 MARCH 2002

PLACE:
PERTH




REASONS FOR JUDGMENT
THE COURT

1 This is an appeal from a judgment of a single judge of the Court, Hely J. His Honour dismissed an application for review of a decision of the Refugee Review Tribunal ("the RRT"). The RRT decided that the appellant was not entitled to a protection visa.

2 The appellant claimed to be a citizen of Afghanistan and made claims that he had a well founded fear of persecution, for reasons associated with the Refugees Convention, if returned to Afghanistan. The RRT was not satisfied that the appellant was a national of Afghanistan, having regard to evidence before it suggesting that he was the holder of a Pakistani passport.

3 Hely J observed that the RRT's decision depended upon its assessment of the appellant's credibility. In response to a criticism of the RRT's reasoning process by counsel for the appellant, Hely J noted that the RRT did not merely find against the appellant because he entered Indonesia on a Pakistani passport. His Honour said at [19] that the application also failed "because (the) RRT did not believe the various explanations which he gave about that matter, and because, in (the) RRT's assessment, deficiencies in his knowledge of matters in relation to Afghanistan were such that (the) RRT was not persuaded that he was a national of that country."

4 At [21] of his judgment, Hely J set out various other criticisms which the appellant's counsel made about the RRT decision before his Honour. At [22] Hely J found that none of the criticisms were made out. The criticisms essentially quarrelled with the RRT's findings of fact about the appellant's status. No useful purpose is served by repeating them.

5 His Honour also rejected a submission that s 476(1)(g) of the Migration Act 1958 (Cth) applied to the decision of the RRT. At [24], Hely J said that:

"It is hard to see how s 476(1)(g) is enlivened when the decision is one of lack of satisfaction that the relevant criteria for the grant of a protection visa have been made out."
6 On the appeal the appellant represented himself, assisted by an interpreter. The grounds referred to in the notice of appeal were discursive and essentially took issue with the merits of the decision of the RRT that the appellant was not a citizen of Afghanistan. In his oral submissions, the appellant sought to explain the inconsistent statements he had previously made in connection with his claim for refugee status, particularly concerning the Pakistani passport that was in his name. He said that statements made on his behalf were wrong but that he was later told by a solicitor that it was too late to change them. Mainly these are not matters which affect the validity of the reasoning of Hely J.

7 We respectfully agree with the reasoning of Hely J on the issues raised for determination before him. His Honour's reasons for judgment do not disclose any error. It is appropriate to order that the appeal be dismissed, with costs.

I certify that the preceding seven (7) numbered paragraphs are a true copy of the Reasons for Judgment herein of the Honourable Justices Heerey, Marshall and Dowsett.



Associate:

Dated: 6 March 2002

The appellant appeared in person.




Counsel for the Respondent:
Mr M Ritter




Solicitor for the Respondent:
Australian Government Solicitor




Date of Hearing:
6 March 2002




Date of Judgment:
6 March 2002

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