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Asylum seeker once accused of molesting a child on Nauru is given the green light to enter Australia under controversial medevac laws.

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Legislation states that asylum seekers are not returned to detention centers after their treatment, meaning the Burmese man could remain in Australia indefinitely afterwards by avoiding deportation (pictured: tent accommodation and asylum seekers on Nauru in 2012)

An asylum seeker who was accused of molesting a child on Nauru will be allowed to enter Australia under medevac laws.

The Burmese man was given the green light to travel to Australia, where he could remain for years, after a successful medevac application last month.

He had originally entered Australia in 2013 before being transferred to Nauru, where he was accused abusing a child in 2015.

The charge was later dropped because the alleged victim’s family did not want the child to testify.

The man was also once charged with assault after he allegedly kicked his girlfriend and her mother in the face. Those charges were also dropped.

He has been allowed to enter Australia despite his history, as his application did not breach and security tests in medevac legislation in the ASIO Act.

The man’s condition is not life threatening and it is unknown where he will be treated, but he is unlikely to be admitted into hospital, The Daily Telegraph reported.

Legislation states that asylum seekers are not returned to detention centres after their treatment, meaning the man could remain in Australia indefinitely.

There have been 120 medevac applications in the last month, with only 562 people in offshore detention centres.

The House of Representatives voted to repeal medevac laws after the election, while the Greens, Labor and Centre Alliance all voiced their support of the bill.

There are 136 detainees who have entered Australia from Nauru and Papua New Guinea since medevac laws passed in February, with less than one in ten requiring medical treatment on arrival.

Asylum seeker once accused of molesting a child on Nauru is given the green light to enter Australia under controversial medevac laws

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