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Cop killer fights for his right to tweet: Notorious Russell Street bomber says he's being denied 'basic human rights' behind bars after being banned from social media

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 21/04/2019 Brett Lackey For Daily Mail Australia

Notorious Russell Street bomber Craig Minogue claims he is being unfairly treated because he can't tweet behind bars.

The convicted cop killer has taken his fight to the Supreme Court saying the ban denies him his 'basic human rights.' 

Corrections authorities have recently cracked down on Minogue's tweeting, which he has done by relaying messages to a contact outside of prison who then posts them to the internet. 

a close up of a man wearing glasses and looking at the camera: Notorious Russell Street bomber Craig Minogue claims he is being unfairly treated because he is being told he can't tweet from jail

Notorious Russell Street bomber Craig Minogue claims he is being unfairly treated because he is being told he can't tweet from jail
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A 25-page legal motion has been submitted to the Supreme Court by Minogue asking for a 'judicial review' of the ban, according to the Herald Sun.

The motion argues that the restrictions limit his right to freedom of communication. political expression, and his right to participate freely in the conduct of public affairs. 

The 1986 bombing of the Russell Street Police Headquarters in Melbourne resulted in a massive blast that destroyed part of the building. 

Constable Angela Taylor, 21, was seriously injured in the explosion and later died from her wounds, becoming the first female policewoman to be fatally wounded in the line of duty. 

a screenshot of a cell phone: The laws were sparked after details about the prison stabbing of Tony Mokbel was leaked via the Twitter account of Minogue © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The laws were sparked after details about the prison stabbing of Tony Mokbel was leaked via the Twitter account of Minogue

Three people including Minogue were convicted over the bombing, which was thought to be revenge for a dispute with authorities over a previous arrest. 

The state government is currently trying to implement laws that would bar all prisoners using social media via third-parties outside of prison. 

The laws were sparked after details about the prison stabbing of Tony Mokbel was leaked via the Twitter account of Minogue. 

His account, which has been active since 2018, is focused around his prison term and other high profile cases such as Mokbel's and the informer Lawyer X. 

According to his account, Minogue was illiterate when he was sent to prison but has transformed himself into an 'academic' by completing correspondence courses. 

State Corrections Minister Ben Carroll pushed for federal changes to restrict prisoners using contacts on the outside to post to the internet after it was revealed  Minogue's contact lived interstate.  

A directions hearing in the Supreme Court for Minogue's case was held last week. 

a truck parked on the side of a road: Three people including Minogue were convicted of the crime thought to be revenge for a dispute with authorities over a previous arrest © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Three people including Minogue were convicted of the crime thought to be revenge for a dispute with authorities over a previous arrest

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