Australia Looks for Lessons Following Sydney Siege

Hostages run toward armed tactical response police as they seek freedom from a cafe under siege at Martin Place in the central business district of Sydney, Australia, Dec. 16, 2014. PlayRob Griffith/AP Photo
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Australia Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced a joint review to identify lessons following a deadly siege inside a Sydney cafe.

The review, announced in a news conference today, will involve the Australia Commonwealth and New South Wales governments. A full report is expected by the end of January.

“The review will examine and make recommendations about a wide range of issues including the circumstances surrounding hostage-taker Man Haron Monis’ arrival in Australia and subsequent granting of asylum and citizenship; what information agencies had about him and how it was shared; and whether relevant national security legislative powers could have been better used,” Abbott’s office said in a release.

“We are determined to ensure that nothing stands in the way of ensuring the people who put their lives on the line to keep Australia safe can get their job done.”

Monis took control of the Lindt Chocolat Café in Sydney’s Martin Place business district, leading to a 16-hour standoff. Monis and two others – hostages identified as Tori Johnson and Katrina Dawson – were killed during the siege.

PHOTO: A hostage runs to armed tactical response police officers for safety after she escaped from a cafe under siege at Martin Place in the central business district of Sydney, Australia, Dec. 15, 2014. Rob Griffith/AP Photo
A hostage runs to armed tactical response police officers for safety after she escaped from a cafe under siege at Martin Place in the central business district of Sydney, Australia, Dec. 15, 2014.

While the location of the attack will remain closed, Lindt is preparing to reopen five other chocolate shops and cafes in Sydney Thursday, the company announced.

“All venues will have books of condolence for anyone who wishes to write a message,” the company wrote. “We thank you again for your ongoing support and hope to see you in store soon.”