A Perth doctor jailed for sexually assaulting a female patient at Royal Perth Hospital three years ago faces being deported to India.
Suhail Durani, 36, was released from jail two days ago but was taken to the Perth Immigration Detention Centre.
_The West Australian _understands Durani, who has maintained his innocence, has been given nine days to lodge an appeal against the deportation and that his wife Falaq, who cares for their young child, is seeking legal advice.
Durani had been in Casuarina Prison since July 2011, after being found guilty of five charges of assaulting a 19-year-old woman while examining her at RPH's emergency department in February 2010.
The charges included sexual penetration without consent and indecent assault by grabbing the woman's breasts.
When sentencing him to two years and four months jail, District Court Judge Allan Fenbury described his crimes as a "despicable breach of trust" and said he had taken advantage of a sick and vulnerable woman for his own sexual gratification.
He was sacked from RPH the day he was convicted but colleagues, including senior doctors and surgeons, rallied behind the Indian doctor who they believed had been wrongly convicted, raising more than $35,000 to bankroll an appeal which he lost last September.
He was then required to do a mandatory offender's course before he could be released on parole. Renal specialist Kevin Warr, who was acting director of clinical services at RPH when the incident occurred, said yesterday he was unaware of the imminent move to deport Durani but was disappointed at the outcome.
Australian Medical Association WA president Richard Choong said it was very unfortunate the Durani family was being given so little time to prepare their case against deportation and potentially splitting up a family.
"It is disappointing that the Immigration Department is moving so quickly and apparently giving Dr Durani almost no time to consider his options," Dr Choong said.