Sex arrest of refugee advocate
A HIGH-PROFILE refugee advocate and specialist immigration lawyer has been charged with the sexual and indecent assault of two refugees and two former clients dating back almost 17 years.
But the immigration law specialist has asked a court to suppress all details of his case so he not be identified.
Detectives from City Central police arrested and charged the 60-year-old on Tuesday with seven offences that allegedly occurred between 1995 and 2004.
He was granted conditional police bail and ordered to face court in January.
However, late on Wednesday a magistrate at Central Local Court granted an interim non-publication order, with the matter to be reviewed on Thursday.
Fairfax Media has been aware of the investigation for some years.
Police will allege the crimes occurred in the lawyer's city office. The allegations relate to four men of Nepalese, Pakistani, Indian and Bangladeshi origin.
''As a result of extensive and ongoing investigations, police [on Tuesday] arrested a 60-year-old man,'' a police statement said.
''He was taken to The Rocks Police Station and charged with seven offences including sexual intercourse without consent and indecent assault.''
He was granted strict conditional bail and will appear in the Downing Centre Local Court on January 22.
One of his alleged victims, a 42-year-old permanent resident from Nepal, told Fairfax Media he first met him in 1995.
Fairfax Media understands the other charges relate to a 35-year-old Bangladeshi national, now an Australian citizen, and another man of Indian origin.