A serial rapist's hopes to return to Iraq, where he would marry his fiancee, have been dashed by the Parole Board, which said it is not satisfied women there would be safe from him.

Akeel Hassan Abbas Al Baiiaty was sentenced to preventive detention for raping a 20-year-old student in a hostel during February 2004.

It came just weeks after he was released from prison.

He had earlier been sentenced to nine years' imprisonment after he raped two Auckland prostitutes in 1997.

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In late April, the Iraqi refugee made an "impassioned declaration that he has changed" to the Parole Board