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Tuesday, 13 March 1973
Page: 466

Mr THORBURN (COOK, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I ask the Prime Minister what action he intends to take to protect the interests of Australian citizen, Alexander Mounbaris, who has been arrested in South Africa under the. Terrorism Act of that country for alleged smuggling of freedom fighters into South Africa.

Mr WHITLAM - Mr Mounbaris was arrested last November under the Terrorism Act of South Africa, and I think will be tried next within the day or so. He has been in gaol since his arrest because there is no provision under the South African Terrorism Act for bail to be granted. The Australian Embassy in South Africa has been in touch with him. I understand that it was in touch with him within 2 days of his arrest last November. The Embassy was instrumental in putting Mr Mounbaris in touch with a lawyer who is skilled in cases under the Terrorism Act. Also, Embassy officials regularly make visits to Mr Mounbaris and take him letters and take letters from him. Everything is being done by Australian representatives in South Africa to assist him in his predicament.

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