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‘On my birthday I am reborn’: Refugee Farhad Bandesh released after seven years’ detention – Sydney Morning Herald

After years in detention – on Manus, in Preston’s Mantra Hotel and finally Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation – Bandesh became a free man on his 40th birthday….



From MITA, Mr Bandesh was whisked to the home of a friend for an impromptu party with high-profile friends including former Socceroo Craig Foster, writer Arnold Zable and musician David Bridie. Champagne corks were popped and embraces were shared.
Mr Zable, who spoke at a rally outside the Mantra Hotel on Thursday night in support of the refugees who have been detained there for more than a year, was waiting outside MITA when Mr Bandesh was released.
The usually eloquent Mr Zable struggled to put…

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