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Update August 2009
FPSS can advise that Tallaal Adrey has been successfully repatriated to his home in Australia.
Tallaal Adrey, 30 years old, is an Australian citizen born in Kuwait.

Despite what has been reported in some media outlets and suggested by various organisations Tallaal Adrey was not found guilty of involvement in a terrorist group nor of any charge that would accuse him of being a terrorist. The charges are as follows.

The possession of weapons and ammunition, and acquiring and trading in those weapons and ammunition for the purposes of facilitating intent to carry out murder.

Mr Adrey received a sentence of 4 years hard labour. He maintains his innocence and his currently appealing this conviction.

Mr Adrey's family maintain their belief in his innocence and are still very concerned about his on going health and the fact Mr Adrey's allegations of torture and mistreatment have never been fully investigated.

For more information on this case and/or if you wish to send letters of support or financial aid to Tallaal Adrey, then please contact the following: Martin Hodgson Advocate Foreign Prisoner Support Service (FPSS) martin.hodgson@foreignprisoners.com

Stephen Kenny
Camatta Lempens Pty Ltd
Lawyers and Notaries
1st floor 345 King William St
Adelaide South Australia. 5000


The former resident of Auburn Sydney and father of four children, of which two are disabled, was arrested at gun point on February 14, 2005 and accused of joining a terrorist organisation.

Mr. Adrey holds dual citizenship and it alleged that he was denied access to consular officials.

In a letter smuggled out of prison by his mother, Mr. Adrey claims to have been tortured and begged for Australian officials to come to his aid. The Australian government made up to 19 representations to Kuwaiti officials to gain access to Mr. Adrey. Other Australian political parties urged the Australian government to do more.

The Kuwaiti prosecutor has reportedly sought the death penalty in this case, and for thirty-seven others facing similar charges.

A close friend to Mr. Adrey says he fears for the well being of his friend. "His finger as been pulled out and his hands are still seriously swollen from earlier beatings."

Consular officials finally met with Mr Adrey in May 2005 and reported that he was in good health but did display damage to one finger.

LATEST NEWS UPDATES
Australian jailed on terror charges
Update November 2006

"FPSS can advise that on appeal Tallaal Adrey has had his 4 year sentence reduced to 30 months. It is understood that this will include time served as of February 2005. Tallaal has also received a consular visit and asked to be tested for TB. A test has been carried out and found to be negative."

Update 11 April 2006

Tallaal Adrey is an Australian citizen imprisoned in Kuwait. He has not received any further consular visits by Australian officials since December 2005. FPSS has serious concerns for his continued well being. His appeal has been delayed and the Australian Attorney General has so far not provided any financial support to Mr. Adrey under the Prisoner Loan Scheme that is available to Australians detained overseas.

During 2004 - 2005, the Australia Government provided assistance to 22 Australians imprisoned overseas under the Australian Government Prisoner Loans Scheme. The Australian Government issues these emergency loans according to a citizen's need and not on their ability to repay. Certainly, Tallaal Adrey is in dire need of this type of support and more importantly, his family and FPSS advocate Martin Hodgson, urgently request the Australian Government seek immediate consular access to establish Tallaal Adrey's current health condition.

Continued representations have been made on behalf of the Adrey family by Martin Hodgson to the Australian Government, inclusive, the Opposition and the Democrats.

December 27 2005.

A KUWAITI court has sentenced an Australian man to four years' jail for terrorist-related offences linked to bloody attacks in the country in January.

Talaal Adree, 30, from Auburn in Sydney's west, was among 37 Islamists on trial as members of the "Peninsula Lions" group believed to be linked to Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda in Iraq and Saudi Arabia.

Six of the suspected militants were sentenced to death.

Among those on trial were 25 Kuwaitis, seven stateless Arabs, two Jordanians, a Saudi, and a Somali.

Other suspects received jail terms of between four months to 15 years, and one received a life term.

HOW CAN YOU HELP
Assist in gaining his fredom by respectfully directing your concerns in writing to the Australian Foreign Minister;

His Excellency Alexander Downer
Australian Department of Foreign Affairs.
R.G. Casey Building,
John McEwen Crescent,
Barton, ACT, 0221 Australia.
Tel: +61 2 6261 1111
Fax: +61 2 6261 3111
E-mail: minister.downer@dfat.gov.au

CONTACTS
Contact Tallaal's Legal Advisor:
    > Stephen Kenny
    Camatta Lempens Pty Ltd
    Lawyers and Notaries
    1st flo or 345 King William St
    Adelaide South Australia. 5000
    Fax: +618 8410 0566

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