Detained doctor launches legal challenge

Perth-based Suhail Ahmad Khan Durani was jailed for more than 18 months for sexually assaulting a 19-year-old patient while examining her at Royal Perth Hospital's emergency ward in February 2010.

The patient, a diabetic, was admitted with high blood sugar levels and had trusted that he was carrying out legitimate medical examinations until he tried to kiss her, Judge Allan Fenbury said at Durani’s sentencing in 2011.

In May this year, the Administrative Appeals Tribunal ruled that Durani could keep his Australian visa despite his jail term.

But former immigration minister Tony Burke overruled that decision on the eve of September's federal election.

Durani has been held in immigration detention ever since.

In the Federal Court in Perth yesterday, lawyers for Durani revealed their bid for an injunction against his detention, while also launching an appeal against the cancellation of his visa.

His lawyer Shahid