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Australian PM orders investigation after deadly hostage crisis

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 01:31

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott asks how the convicted felon behind the Sydney cafe siege was ''at large'' in the community. Yiming Woo reports.

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Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott orders an investigation into Tuesday's hostage crisis. He asked how convicted felon Man Haron Monis, seen here in a clip from broadcaster ABC, was able to walk into a Sydney cafe with a concealed shotgun. Three people, including the armed gunman, were killed during the police raid at the end of the siege. (SOUNDBITE) (English) AUSTRALIAN PRIME MINISTER, TONY ABBOTT SAYING: "We do need to know why the perpetrator of this horrible outrage got permanent residency. We do need to know how he could've been on welfare for so many years. We do need to know what this individual was doing with a gun licence. We particularly need to know how someone with such a long record of violence, such a long record of mental instability was out on bail." Monis was charged as an accessory to murder, and with dozens of counts of sexual assault. He'd been free on bail. Commissioner Andrew Scipione said police can't be blamed for that. (SOUNDBITE) (English) COMMISSIONER OF THE NEWS SOUTH WALES POLICE ANDREW SCIPIONE SAYING: "We but can apply and seek to have offenders like this not in circulation but of course we don't make the final determination, that's a matter for the court. So whilst we sought to have him bail-refused, that wasn't to be." Police said Monis escaped attention because his charges were not linked to political violence and he wasn't on any watchlist.

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Australian PM orders investigation after deadly hostage crisis

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 01:31