I could not believe it when I read this article this morning:
A mother has challenged her 10 year old son's claim for compensation for post-traumatic stress he says was caused by his time in immigration detention.
The boy's claim has been challenged in the NSW Supreme Court by his estranged mother, who says his problems were triggered by his treatment in Iran at the hands of his father (the Australian reports).
The newspaper says Shayan Badraie, who was detained between the ages of five and seven, is seeking damages for negligence from the commonwealth and a former operator of Australia's immigrations centres, claiming they were recklessly indifferent to his plight.
His mother, Parvin Jaleeli, has signed a statement submitted to the court claiming her son was traumatised by his father in Iran and he was already distrubed when he was detained, with his father and stepmother, upon arrival in Australia in March, 2000.
Ms Jaleeli says her son was kidnapped by his father, Mohammad Saeed Badraie, whom she divorced when Shayan was 16 months old. Her evidence may be used to contradict her son's argument that his injuries were suffered in detention at South Australia's Woomera detention centre, Sydney's Villawood and in foster care.
Judge Peter Johnson will decide this week whether Ms Jaleeli can be called as a witness.
The former detainee's damages suit for mental anguish, injuries and disabilities is the first of its kind to go to trail in Australia the report says.
The case is part heard and has been ajourned to resume hearing next year.