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Australian immigration officials have deported to Sri Lanka a Tamil asylum seeker, after failing to win refugee protection, Australian media reported.

The man, accused of links with the vanquished Tamil Tigers, in his early 30s was taken from a Melbourne detention centre to Tullamarine airport yesterday and put on a flight to Bangkok bound for Colombo.

He is believed to be the first Tamil asylum seeker to be forced out of Australia since the latest spate of arrivals began in 2008 in the final months of Sri Lanka's brutal civil war. Other Sri Lankan asylum seekers were either sent home from Indonesia after Australia asked for their boat to be intercepted or were from the Sinhalese community.

The Tamil man – Dayan Anthony - had failed in his bid for refugee status and was refused a visa by the Immigration Minister, Chris Bowen, after appealing on mental health grounds.

According to the ‘Sydney Morning Herald’ he arrived in Australia by plane in 2010, having fled Jaffna, a former stronghold of the Tamil Tiger separatists.

His family insist he faces grave danger after Sri Lankan media published his photograph and what appeared to be an arrest warrant in his name.

The man had been living with his sister in Dandenong, in Melbourne's south-east, before being called into the Immigration Department in Melbourne last Tuesday and given a letter informing him authorities had judged him ''removable''.

The sudden news of his departure yesterday morning set off a panicked bid by refugee advocates to get a court injunction - with emails showing the man had tried for two days to send a fax from within the Maribyrnong detention centre only to find the fax machine was not working.

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  • lal Thursday, 26 July 2012 04:20 AM

    Why the voyage hazardous? He arrived by plane. Probably in Business Class, paid for by terrorists funds.

    SL Thursday, 26 July 2012 12:48 PM

    I thought he was deported from Australia.

    Dee Thursday, 26 July 2012 04:40 AM

    many tamil people live in harmony here in sri lanka (if you come here and have a look). Of course the aussie govt cares about its people and the economy, they cant afford to habour economic refugees and separatist advocates at the expense of the australian tax pers money.

    Asoka Thursday, 26 July 2012 05:17 AM

    Vision and Mission of the EXLTTE and Prabakaran to send as much as refugeese(Kallathonies) to western counties, Canada and Australia. These LTTE knows these countries helping for their terrorists and separatists activities. Sri Lanka Govt. should encourge those who are illegally sailing to those countries and due to this real peace will come to our Motherland Sri Lanka

    nalaka Thursday, 26 July 2012 05:10 AM

    nathen jayalalita will look after the LTTE people send them to TN

    nalaka Thursday, 26 July 2012 05:18 AM

    nathen jayalalita will look after the LTTE people send them to TN

    Nodrog Thursday, 26 July 2012 05:20 AM

    How do you know he's a 'genuine' refugee and that the SL Govt doesn't want Tamils here? Many Tamils also fled SL to escape the LTTE but due to fear of reprisals from the LTTE groups in those countries so they put the blame on the Govt. When was the last time you were in SL to even talk talk about the Tamils here.

    Ezhilini Thursday, 26 July 2012 06:16 AM

    Yes, We are living in Harmony from 1956. the latest example is vavuniya prison harmony.

    gayan cabral Thursday, 26 July 2012 06:58 AM

    see you soon. you should have tried canada!

    Colaba Buwa Thursday, 26 July 2012 11:57 PM

    Whats wrong the man comming to Aust?? We can start LTTE terrorist activities in Australia and claim half of north in Australaia. we should encourage this brave gentalman to come to Australia.

    Yuri Wednesday, 25 July 2012 08:32 PM

    Captain of the Boat coming back... see you soon in Aus...

    Rahul Jayanth Wednesday, 25 July 2012 09:37 PM

    Please... Our Embasador!!!, Please do something to keep them there.
    We Don't want them here ....
    Thank you.

    Manor Wednesday, 25 July 2012 10:53 PM

    Big mistake mate. You should have arrived in a boat. Not a plane. Way to go Minister. Send them to kangaroo island and they can have there own Tamil country there.

    Mi Wednesday, 25 July 2012 11:48 PM

    Good try.... Well come home

    Gamarala Wednesday, 25 July 2012 11:47 PM

    This LTTE guy should be arrested on arrival and interrogated. No LTTE remnants should be tolerated anymore.

    Nodrog Thursday, 26 July 2012 01:06 AM

    Most asylum/refugee seekers lie about their actual status here and criticize the Govt to gain residence in Australia.

    Ami Thursday, 26 July 2012 01:17 AM

    Big news from Australia? ONE against how many ?

    Saman Thursday, 26 July 2012 01:32 AM

    Send him to Jayalilitha. I am sure she will roll down the red carpet for this dude!

    Cobra Thursday, 26 July 2012 02:00 AM

    I am sure he is a Sinhalese youth, because Australia has a soft corner for Tiger terrorists and wouldn't dream of deporting one!!!

    Dalu Banda Thursday, 26 July 2012 02:01 AM

    Australia is a big powerful and a counter with thin population density., even the total Sri Lanka population is nothing for them. Please consider their bravery, risk, determination to engage in this extremely hazardous voyage and give the poor people at least pass marks to stay as long as they are not involved with anti- Sri Lanka campaigns.

    Nathan_Melbourne Thursday, 26 July 2012 02:23 AM

    This guy is a genuine refugee and Australian Govt should have given him a protection visa. I am very disappointed with both Sri lankan and Australian goverment. If the Singhalese goverment don't want Tamils to live in Sri Lanka then the least they could do is to keep the Tamils there. The Australian goverment don't care about refugees and only care about the economy

    nicky karunarathna Thursday, 26 July 2012 02:28 AM

    The Australian Greens and that barbarous ruthless LTTE must be howling and weeping buckets saying injustice is done to their project. Australian Greens collecting millions of dollars from LTTE and the votes. As soon as Australian refugee industry is stopped - Australian Greens have to start a new business venture to get their income. But problem is where to find a such lucrative money spinner?

    raj Thursday, 26 July 2012 02:32 AM

    Jewish were depoted to Germany from France when they escaped from Hitler. Now Jewish remember the event. It is suspected that some in France collaborated with Hitler forces.


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