Asylum seekers issue goes to Australian High Court

Asylum seekers issue goes to Australian High Court

Asylum seekers issue goes to Australian High Court

Written by Staff Writer

18 Jul, 2014 | 2:19 pm

ABC News reports the Australian High Court has given government lawyers until Monday to file their defense in the case involving 153 Sri Lankan asylum seekers being held on board an Australian custom ship – which according to Australian media reports is named Ocean Protector.

The claim document, submitted as part of the ongoing high court challenge to the legality of asylum seeker’s detention, revealed they are being held in windowless locked rooms, with no access to translators and with family groups being split up

The group who set out to sea from India last month were intercepted within 175 nautical miles of Christmas Island.

Foreign media reports their lawyers want the government not to return them, and declare that the Australian government acted unlawfully and abused its powers.

Lawyers appearing for the Australian government has asked to have until Tuesday to file charges, but the judge has said it needs to be filed as soon as possible as people are being held in custody.

Meanwhile ABC News reported the Australian government lawyers have told court there are no immediate plans to hand the asylum seekers back to Sri Lanka.

 

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