Australia’s PM Questions Gun and Security Laws After Sydney Siege

TIME

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said that the nation’s gun laws and national security policies are up for serious review after a disturbed man, on bail for being accessory to a murder and facing other charges, was able to acquire a firearm and take over a central Sydney café on Monday, leading to the deaths of two hostages.

The Prime Minister told reporters Wednesday that it troubled him to be unable to explain how Man Haron Monis managed to get off watch lists, despite a well-documented history of extremist beliefs, mental problems and violent behavior. He has ordered federal and New South Wales officials to conduct a massive review of how Monis went for years unnoticed by the authorities.

“Plainly, there are questions to be asked,” said Abbott. “And I want answers to those questions.”

Among those questions, he said, is how “someone involved in a horrific murder” and…

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