Second Lankan Tamil forcibly deported

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Immigration authorities have issued marching orders from Australia to a failed Tamil asylum seeker - only the second to be forcibly deported as boats continue to leave from Sri Lanka.

The decision comes as Britain's High Court has ordered a stop to the deportation of Tamils from the UK amid fears they could be tortured at home.

The Tamil man, held in Melbourne, has been told he will be sent back to Sri Lanka on October 31.

The deportation notice also states he will be liable for the cost of removal, with an invoice to be delivered before he departs.

The man - whom The Age has chosen not to name - is in his early 40s and arrived in Australia in February 2010.

He claimed his brother was a separatist Tamil Tiger fighter, killed in the bloody decades-long campaign for independence in Sri Lanka.

He has since exhausted legal appeals for protection, and has refused to sign the removal orders.

The case follows the deportation of Tamil man Dayan Anthony in July, who was returned to Sri Lanka by Australian immigration authorities despite a last minute appeal to the United Nations.

The court in Britain halted the deportation of several Tamils to hear an appeal they face torture in Sri Lanka.

But the case has no implications for Australia. An immigration spokesman said Australia does not return asylum seekers without fully assessing claims and the UK is a sovereign nation with its own system.

Meanwhile, three boats carrying about 90 people were intercepted north of Cocos Islands. The remote Australia territory in the Indian ocean is typically targeted by asylum seekers from Sri Lanka, across some 3000 kilometres of open waters. (Source: The Age)
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  • Lobo Thursday, 25 October 2012 04:17 AM

    Good on the Aussies on finally coming to their senses unlike the UK who still seems to enjoy being hoodwinked by these bogus asylum seekers.

    prasad Thursday, 25 October 2012 04:29 AM

    Good move !!

    Asylum seeking reasons are fals since there is no discrimination even to the combatents. Send them all back in the same way they came..... in boats so they will die in the sea.

    Yohan Perera Thursday, 25 October 2012 04:26 AM

    Good move... Foreign countries must not let these traitors sell our mother land...

    fayaZ Friday, 26 October 2012 03:16 AM

    They should not be deported!!!!!!!!!

    Hussain Friday, 26 October 2012 03:42 AM

    At Last the UK has come to their senses. Its time they took a good look at all the so called 'Tamil refugees" living in the UK.

    Sandu Friday, 26 October 2012 12:56 PM

    What an attitude.

    Hussain Friday, 26 October 2012 04:42 AM

    Now that the UK has seen the light. Please send Adele Balasingham (war criminal) back to Sri Lanka to stand trial. Why harbor war criminals. Do we have an extradition treaty with the UK, if so, put it to use immediately to get this woman for trial.

    Sandu Thursday, 25 October 2012 04:09 PM

    If they can live a better life in SL, why are they going, Talk with sense


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