An Albanian man, with strong connections to bikie groups in Adelaide, has been successfully removed from Australia, the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton announced today.
Leonard Gjeka, who escaped from immigration detention in Melbourne on November 12, arrived in Albania under heavy escort late last night.
Mr Dutton said his removal should serve as a warning to other bikies.
'I make absolutely no excuses for removing a person of Mr Gjeka’s character,' Mr Dutton said.
'He has been involved in extremely violent offences in Adelaide and escaped from lawful detention.
'When I became Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, I made it perfectly clear that one of my priorities would be to remove bikies, who are not Australian citizens, from this country, if they are involved in crime. Mr Gjeka is a perfect example of somebody we do not want in this country.'
Gjeka was imprisoned for 42 days for escaping from immigration detention after spending a week on the run and finally giving himself up to Victorian police.
Mr Dutton said he is now permanently barred from returning to Australia.
'This is about protecting Australia and its citizens,' Mr Dutton said.
'Mr Gjeka arrived in Australia on a false passport and made numerous attempts to remain permanently but all failed.
'People who do not hold a valid visa, and have exhausted all avenues to remain, should leave Australia.'