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Russell St bomber seeks deportation

Craig Minogue was sentenced to life in prison with a non-parole period of 30 years.
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Melbourne’s Russell Street bomber Craig Minogue says he will challenge legal moves to keep him locked up by renouncing his Australian citizenship in a bid to get himself deported to the UK.

Minogue has served more than 30 years in prison for killing 21-year-old police officer Angela Taylor and injuring several others in Melbourne’s 1986 Russell Street police station bomb blast.

He later killed another man in jail.

Minogue says he will launch a High Court bid to challenge legislation recently introduced by the Victorian government to keep him behind bars.

If successful, Minogue, who claims to be a British citizen by birthright, plans to renounce his Australian citizenship.

“The UK would have no choice but to accept me as a British citizen,” he said in a recorded prison call posted on social media.

“If successful in my next High Court matter, deportation on parole would be an option that would be available to me.”

He has since called on Home Affairs minister Peter Dutton to grant his wish.

“Why keep me here when I am willing to leave and never look back?” Minogue since posted on Twitter.

Minogue was jailed for life in 1988, with a non-parole period of 28 years, for the Russell Street bombing.

He made a parole bid in 2016, prompting the state government to bring in tough laws, ensuring anyone who murdered a police officer had no chance of parole.

At the time, Minogue described the changes as a “de facto death penalty”.