25 November 2010
Honeymoon killer Gabe Watson removed from Australia
The Australian Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen, has today confirmed that Gabe Watson departed Australia shortly after midday Australian Eastern Standard Time.
Mr Watson has been in Australian immigration detention in Melbourne since his release from a Brisbane jail earlier this month. Mr Watson was sentenced to 18 months in jail following his conviction for the manslaughter of his wife Tina in October 2003 off the coast of Queensland.
“The Australian Government received assurances from the United States Government that should Gabe Watson be returned to the US, the death penalty would not be sought, imposed or carried out in relation to this crime,” Mr Bowen said.
“Subsequently, his legal representative was provided with a copy of the assurance and Mr Watson was advised of the arrangements made for today's removal.
“He is being escorted by Department of Immigration and Citizenship staff and Queensland Police officers on the flight back to the US,” Mr Bowen said.
In accordance with Australia's international treaty obligations, Australia cannot return someone to a country where there is a real risk they will face the death penalty.