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Australian trapped in Iraq refugee camp returns home

AN Australian man who spent the last nine months trapped in an Iraqi refugee camp under threat from Islamic State (IS) militants has arrived back in Australia.

Renas Lelikan arrived in Melbourne on Saturday morning on a flight from Dubai and was greeted by members of the Australian/Kurdish community.

Mr Lelikan was due to return to Australia a fortnight ago but a mix-up with his Iraqi travel documents delayed his travel plans.

In August, the ABC revealed that he had been refused a passport by DFAT over concerns about his alleged links to the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

The ABC understands that Mr Lelikan was granted a temporary travel document by DFAT which allowed him to return to Australia.

Read more on the ABC.

Topics:  australia iraq


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