Media Release

09 June 2017

O’Donohue: Daniel Andrews failed to keep Yacqub Khayre in jail

Friday 9 June 2017

Daniel Andrews failed to keep Yacqub Khayre in jail

In a press release on 1 April 2015, then Corrections Minister Wade Noonan claims that offenders, such as Yacqub Khayre, should not be released from prison:

No violent or sexual offender can be granted parole who has not undertaken the required prison programs and behaved satisfactorily for at least the second half of that person’s time in prison.” – Wade Noonan

Yet the Adult Parole Board’s manual for granting parole does not seem to implement this. The parole board manual states on page 18 that:

Generally, parole will not be granted for this category of prisoner unless their behaviour is considered satisfactory.

If measure 13 had been implemented as intended by the Callinan Review, Yacqub Khayre would likely still be in jail now.

According to reports, in February 2015, Yacqub Khayre, committed arson at Barwon Prison and was sentenced to two months jail. This arson offence occurred during Yacqub Khayre’s second half of his prison term and therefore by the terms of the Callinan Review he should have been disqualified for receiving parole in December 2016.

Yacqub Khayre appears to have been paroled in breach of the recommendation 13 of the Callinan review.

Daniel Andrews must explain how this was allowed to occur.