An Indian-born doctor jailed for sexually assaulting a patient in a Perth hospital has spoken out for the first time, saying he is devastated at facing up to three months in detention, separated from his wife and young son.
Suhail Durani, who is being held at the Perth Immigration Detention Centre, said he was frustrated at how immigration authorities had treated him since his release from jail last week and their swift decision to deport him back to India.
The 36-year-old had been in Casuarina Prison since July 2011, after being found guilty on five charges of assaulting a 19-year-old woman while examining her at Royal Perth Hospital's emergency department in February 2010.
He has maintained his innocence.
"It's been very frustrating for the last three years and then even when I was released from jail, the Department of Immigration suddenly came out of the blue and took me straight to the detention centre," he said yesterday.
"We're seeing what we can do legally but it's very distressing to be released but moved straight to a different place. "It's very hard psychologically to deal with, especially being away from my family."
Durani's lawyer Christina Chang confirmed her client had lodged an appeal with the Administrative Appeals Tribunal to fight the deportation order but it could take up to 12 weeks for a ruling.
A submission to the Immigration Department about why Durani's visa should not be cancelled had argued he should not be separated from his son who is being cared for by his wife Falaq.
Australian Medical Association WA president Richard Choong called on Immigration Minister Brendan O'Connor to release Durani from detention immediately to allow him to join his family.
"His time in prison has ended and this is unfair and adding torture to his penalty," Dr Choong said.
"This would still allow what is likely to be a very long, drawn-out process to continue while he is with his family."It is very disappointing that the Federal Government has decided to take such an extreme line on Durani and it is completely inappropriate for him to continue in detention."
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