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Sydney siege gunman’s wife taken into custody

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The former partner of siege gunman Man Haron Monis will be taken into custody after her bail was revoked by a Sydney court.

Amirah Droudis, 34, was in November 2013 charged with the murder of Monis’ former de facto and mother-of-two Noleen Hayson Pal.

Ms Pal, 30, was stabbed and set alight at a Werrington apartment block on April 21, 2013.

Droudis was granted bail in December but this was revoked by chief Magistrate Graeme Henson during a hearing at the Downing Centre Local Court on Monday.

NSW Attorney-General Brad Hazzard had last week asked the Director of Public Prosecutions to immediately review the decision to grant Droudis bail, after questions were raised about Monis’ bail arrangements.

Monis was on bail when he took 18 people hostage inside a popular CBD cafe last week.

The siege ended 16-and-a-half hours later with the death of barrister Katrina Dawson, shop manager Tori Johnson, and Monis.

Monis had been in and out of custody at various periods in 2013 and 2014 after being charged with a number of offences, including being an accessory to the murder of Ms Pal.

In December last year, he was granted strict conditional bail following a three-hour hearing.

Then, six days after the new NSW bail laws came into effect, Monis was again released from custody on May 26 after being charged with fresh offences relating to the aggravated indecent and sexual assault of a woman in 2002.

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