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Urgent review ordered into background of Sydney siege gunman

An urgent review has been ordered by the Australian government to answer a number of "obvious questions" about what could have been done to prevent the deadly siege at a Sydney café.

It comes as police in Sydney revealed they fought to keep gunman Man Haron Monis, who went on to kill two hostages in a 16-hour siege, in custody - but were overruled by the courts, police chiefs have revealed.

The 50-year-old gunman, who died as police stormed the building, was implicated in a string of serious crimes but had still been granted bail.

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Police 'overruled by courts' in bailing Sydney siege gunman

Police in Sydney fought to keep a gunman who went on to kill two hostages in a 16-hour siege in custody - but were overruled by the courts, police chiefs have revealed.

Man Haron Monis Credit: ITV News

New South Wales Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said while the force had refused Man Haron Monis bail after he was arrested in connection with the murder of his ex-wife and for a series of sex offences, he was subsequently granted bail when he appeared in court.

We were concerned that this man got bail from the beginning.

We can apply and seek to have offenders like this not in circulation, but we do not make the final determination - that is a matter for the courts.

– Andrew Scipione, New South Wales Police Commissioner

However, he stressed, the allegations against Monis contained nothing related to politically-motivated violence.

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