css-14iz86j-BoldText {font-weight: bold;} Australia revoked the citizenship of an Algerian-born Muslim cleric convicted of planning a series of terrorist attacks in 2005

Abdul Nacer Benbrika was imprisoned for 15 years in 2009 and can be released next month

But Home Secretary Peter Dutton said it was “appropriate” to revoke his citizenship to protect Australians

The move makes Benbrika the first person to be stripped of Australian citizenship while she was still in the country

“If there is a person who poses a significant terrorist threat to our country, we will do all we can under Australian law to protect Australians,” Dutton told reporters in Brisbane,

Under Australian law, the government can only revoke citizenship from people if they are dual citizens to ensure they do not remain stateless

Last year, Australia’s national security agency Asio raised concerns about this government power, saying it had “potentially unintended or unforeseen adverse safety outcomes”

Benbrika, who has lived in Australia since 1989, was arrested in 2005 and convicted of being a member of and directing activities in a terrorist organization

Six other people were also convicted of joining the group that planned multiple attacks, including an attack on an Australian soccer final, which attracts nearly 100 each year000 people in Melbourne take part

Benbrika’s sentence includes a 12-year non-probationary period ending on Jan. November has expired, however, the Australian government has filed a warrant with the Victoria Supreme Court to extend his term

Such orders may allow individuals convicted of terrorist offenses to be held in prison for up to three years after their term ends

The Victoria Supreme Court has so far granted two temporary 28-day extensions to keep Benrika behind bars

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