Minister revokes visa over child porn

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Refugee on child porn charge loses visa

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has cancelled the visa of an Afghani refugee who used a Melbourne library to access child pornography.

Ali Jaffari, 36, has admitted to viewing child pornography on his laptop using free wi-fi for up to three hours a day at a Melbourne public library.

A bail hearing at the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Monday heard Mr Morrison had used his discretion to cancel Jaffari's permanent protection visa.

Prosecutor Morgan Brown said if Jaffari was granted bail, he would be taken immediately to an immigration detention centre.

Defence lawyer Patrick Allen said Jaffari being in detention would significantly mitigate any risk of reoffending.

However Ms Brown maintained her opposition to bail, saying the conditions Jaffari would be under remained unclear.

The hearing last week heard Jaffari freely admitted to a psychologist that he accessed exploitation material of children as young as 12.

He has been charged with using a carriage service to access child pornography.

The court heard Jaffari was sentenced to 300 hours of community service and placed on the sex offenders register for 15 years over an incident with a teenage boy at Geelong in November 2012.

Magistrate Johanna Metcalf adjourned the bail hearing until Tuesday, when an official from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection will give evidence.

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