May 23, 2013
A Sri Lankan Tamil refugee has been released from Sydney’s Villawood Detention Centre after having her adverse security assessment overturned by ASIO.
Manokala Jenaddarsan, 41, and her six-year-old son, Ragavan, were being held in indefinite detention due to the adverse assessment.
Ms Jenaddarsan received a letter from the Department of Immigration yesterday saying the Immigration Minister, Brendan O’Connor, had used his ministerial discretion to review her assessment.
A department spokeswoman says she has been issued with a protection visa.
In a written statement, Ms Jenaddarsan’s lawyer says she is now on her way to Melbourne.
It is the second case of an adverse ASIO assessment being overturned.
Around 60 people remain in indefinite detention due to adverse security assessments.