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Convicted Terrorist Benbrika Barred From MCG For Life Following Release

Abdul Nacer Benbrika, the convicted terrorist recently released after nearly two decades in jail, faces a lifetime ban from the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) and all Crown Resorts properties worldwide. 

The decision comes as authorities, including Crown Resorts and MCG officials, take stringent measures to ensure public safety.

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Crown Resorts, the casino operator, has initiated a worldwide ban on Benbrika, using facial recognition technology to prevent his entry into any of its venues. 

The move aims to fortify security and address potential threats posed by individuals with a history of violence.

The Victorian Supreme Court released Benbrika on Tuesday with several restrictions, including the mandatory wearing of an electronic monitoring ankle bracelet. 

His imprisonment was linked to plots involving terror attacks at prominent events across Australia.

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Melbourne Cricket Club Chief Executive Stuart Fox said: “We take security so seriously here… anyone that would pose a threat or a risk to the MCG won’t be welcome or allowed in. It’s as simple as that.”

Facial recognition technology, previously trailed at the MCG, will be employed to identify patrons, collaborating with law enforcement to ensure heightened security measures. 

With an anticipated 180,000 attendees for the upcoming Boxing Day Test match, officials remain vigilant to maintain a secure environment.

Crown Casino will collaborate with law enforcement and leverage facial recognition technology to enforce the ban.

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