Monday, 8 December 2008

Immigration officer jailed for sex blackmail

A Brisbane judge has jailed a former Immigration Department official after he tried to force a Chinese national to have sex with him in return for processing a visa application.

The District Court in Brisbane heard 41-year-old Afshin Abolfotouh emigrated from Iran to Australia in 2004 before being employed by the Department of Immigration, where he assessed partner visa applications.

Last year 27-year-old Chinese national Liyuan Qiao applied for a visa for her boyfriend.

She called Albofotouh to ask about her application and was told it was weak.

He also asked her if she would cheat on her partner.

She went to the police, who recorded Albofotouh asking for sex during another phone call.

He was arrested when he arrived at Ms Qiao's home.

Acting Judge Tony Collins jailed Abolfotouh for 18 months, to be released after he serves three months.

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