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Sex offenders lose appeal in Australia

Published Aug 14, 2014

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Sydney -

Two convicted paedophiles lost a High Court appeal in Australia against the laws that have made possible their indefinite detention, media reports said.

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Edward Pollentine, 55, and Errol Radan, 75, were each convicted of a series of child sex offences by a Queensland court in 1984.

The men were sentenced under state laws that date back to 1945 and makes it possible for a court to order a sex offender to prison for an indefinite period if a psychiatric assessment finds the person incapable of controlling their sexual instincts.

The men launched a High Court challenge last last year, arguing that the laws were incompatible with an independent and impartial court system, according to the report.

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The court dismissed the case and said it was up to the court to impose such a sentence, and safeguards such as judicial review were in place, ABC reported.

The Queensland government is seeking to toughen legislation on sex offences. - Sapa-dpa

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