A Sri Lankan Tamil couple perceived as a threat to national security by the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO), are housed in a residential detention facility in Sydney along with their children, The Australian reported.
The Department of Immigration moved the couple and their two eldest children, aged six and three, from the Christmas Island detention facility to the Villawood Immigration Detention Centre, under a cloak of secrecy about two months ago.
They were moved to Sydney so that the mother could give birth to a third child at Fairfield Hospital on Saturday, because obstetrics services are unavailable on Christmas Island.
The parents are being kept under house arrest within the fenced facility, with intensive security to prevent them from having contact with the outside world.
The mother was one of 78 Sri Lankan refugees, picked up by the Oceanic Viking, who refused to disembark from the customs vessel in Indonesia last October.
The mother was then one of only four of the 78 refugees denied visas after failing ASIO security checks, despite being granted refugee status by the UN High Commission of Refugees.
It is alleged that the woman is accused of being a member of the LTTE, because she worked in the court system in the Northeast.
Her husband, who arrived separately on a boat to the Australian territory of Christmas Island in the middle of last year, was also deemed a threat by ASIO. (The Australian)