Gareth William Smith

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.

Yours faithfully,

Gareth W R Smith

FOI, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

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OFFICIAL

 

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
continuing incarceration.”

 

 

This email sets out some information about how your request will be
processed by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

 

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We received your request on 12 September 2021 and the 30-day statutory
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Gareth William Smith

Dear FOI,
I am quite happy to acquiesce to your request for a time extension of 30 days.

Yours sincerely,

Gareth William Smith

FOI, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

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OFFICIAL

 

FOI Reference: LEX4388

 

Dear Mr Smith

 

Please find attached correspondence relating to your request.

 

Regards

 

DFAT FOI Team

Freedom of Information and Privacy Law Section
Legal Division | Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
[1]DFAT.GOV.AU | [2]Twitter | [3]Facebook | [4]Flickr | [5]YouTube

 

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