By MATTHEW DORAN.
A Government frontbencher has told a man acquitted of terrorism charges a decade ago that he should no longer be an Australian citizen.
Steve Ciobo, the parliamentary secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, was confronted by Sydney man Zaky Mallah on the ABC’s Q&A program.
Mr Mallah was found not guilty of preparing a suicide attack on a Commonwealth building after being held for two years in Goulburn jail.
In a plea bargain, Mr Mallah pleaded guilty to threatening to kill ASIO officials.
“As the first man in Australia to be charged with terrorism under the harsh Liberal Howard government in 2003, I was subject to solitary confinement, a 22-hour lockdown, dressed in most times in an orange overall and treated like a convicted terrorist while under the presumption of innocence,” Mr Mallah said.