Brendon O’Connell, who spent three years as a political prisoner in Australia after a verbal altercation with a Zionist, has been released from custody in New Zealand and is now back in Malaysia.
O’Connell came to New Zealand in October seeking political asylum. He was imprisoned by New Zealand immigration authorities, who cited a “character” clause in the law. (Apparently they think speaking out against Zionism is a sign of dubious character.) Held since October in atrocious conditions, he was threatened with deportation to Australia, where he is entangled in legal problems stemming from his insistence on his right to free speech. Having been brutally abused during his three years of Australian imprisonment, Brendon made it clear he would prefer death to a return to the Aussie gulag. Unfortunately the conditions in New Zealand immigration detention weren’t much better.
Listen to my radio show discussing Brendon’s incarceration in New Zealand
A huge thank you to everyone who contacted New Zealand immigration authorities and politicians demanding Brendon’s release!
More information will be forthcoming as details emerge. I hope to have Brendon back on my radio show soon.
Dr. Kevin Barrett, a Ph.D. Arabist-Islamologist is one of America’s best-known critics of the War on Terror.
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Dr. Barrett has taught at colleges and universities in San Francisco, Paris, and Wisconsin; where he ran for Congress in 2008. He currently works as a nonprofit organizer, author, and talk radio host.