Dear Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade,
I request all communications between DFAT, Israel's MFA, Australia's then ambassadors to Israel Mr Dave Sharma and Mr Chris Cannan and World Vision, relating to the 2016 arrest in Israel of Mohammed al-Halabi and his continuing incarceration.
Gareth W R Smith
FOI Reference: LEX4388
Dear Mr Smith
Thank you for your email dated 12 September 2021 seeking access under the
Freedom of Information Act 1982 to:
“I request all communications between DFAT, Israel's MFA, Australia's then
ambassadors to Israel Mr Dave Sharma and Mr Chris Cannan and World Vision,
relating to the 2016 arrest in Israel of Mohammed al-Halabi and his
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I am quite happy to acquiesce to your request for a time extension of 30 days.
Gareth William Smith