Mohammed Sanoussi, one of the 14 convicted Skaf gang rapists, may be on his way out of jail if the State Parole Authority approves his plead for release after serving 13 years in Long Bay Jail in Sydney. He took part on a four-week sexual assault raping young girls led by brothers Bilal and Mohammed Skaf back in August 2000.
The Daily Telegraph reported in July that the State Parole Authority had "formed an intention to grant parole to Sanoussi" after being rejected three times for his request. The 29-year-old convicted rapist became eligible for parole in 2010.
Sanoussi will be on electronic monitoring and is not allowed to drink alcohol or take drugs if the authority grants his plead. Moreover, he has to continue his psychological and psychiatric treatment and should have no contact with his victims.
On August 22, a public hearing will be held and the Parole Authority is calling for submissions before deciding whether Sanoussi should continue his 16-year sentence.
Opposition Family and Community spokeswoman Linda Burley called Premier Barry O'Farrell's attention regarding Sanoussi's release stating that "the horrendous nature of the crime means he should serve out his full sentence in prison."
On Thursday, the NSW premier told reporters that "the corrective services commission on behalf of the government is opposing the application for parole."
Sanoussi is a Lebanese Australian Muslim who joined Bilal Skaf in series of gang rape attacks against Australian women and teenage girls before the Sydney Olympics 2000.
News.com.au reported that one of their victims claimed that she was raped 25 times by 14 men at Bankstown, which lasted for six hours. In addition, two teenagers both 16 years old were raped repeatedly for five hours and were told that they deserve it because they're Australians.
Sanoussi originally had a 21-year sentence but successfully appealed to lower down his jail time. Howard Brown, Victims of Crime Assistance League campaigner, said that the current parole system may not be enough to properly manage Sanoussi on his release.
"Mohamed Sanoussi has completed a sex offenders' course and has been classified for release on parole, but the there's no longer a system in place which gives proper supervision to serious sex offenders," he said.
Meanwhile, one of the rape victims said that Sanoussi's release may bring back memories of the horrifying incident.
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