Siege gunman's wife has bail revoked

AMIRAH Droudis, the partner of Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis has had her bail revoked after a court hearing in the wake of the Sydney siege.

Droudis is charged with the murder of Monis' ex-wife Noleen Hayson Pal and was released on bail,

After Monday's court hearing, she was remanded in custody pending further hearings expected next year.

Ms Hayson Pal was stabbed multiple times and set alight in an apartment last year.  

Monis had been on bail charged with being an accessory to the murder.   

Visitation request defended

NEW South Wales Labor leader John Robertson has defended his actions in conveying a family visitation request for Man Haron Monis three years ago.

Mr Robertson, as Sydney Blacktown MP at the time, forwarded a letter on behalf of his constituent Man Haron Monis to the Department of Family Services in September 2011.

The letter conveyed Monis's request for visitation access to the department during a dispute with his second wife, Noleen Hayson Pal.

Pal was later murdered, and Monis was charged but not convicted as an accessory to Pal's murder.

After the letter was reported by Fairfax Media yesterday, Mr Robertson said he simply did what any local MP would do for a constituent by forwarding the letter on.

"There was no endorsement or advocacy in this case - I deal with thousands of requests every year and I forward them on without endorsement to the agencies," Mr Robertson said.

But he said he was unaware of what name Monis used in dealing with his electorate office.

He also said that at the time he was unaware of several obscene letters Monis sent to the families of dead Australian soldiers and Monis's history was not researched before forwarding the letter.

However, he later confirmed the original request was signed by Monis under his name, but said his electorate staff did not have the capacity to do "background checks" on every request.

But Mr Robertson said he was only prepared to release the letter and related documents if the department approved.

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