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SL Boat People

October 8, 2009

SBS Dateline – Malaysia crackdown: Click here to see transcript & video

The Australian – Boatpeople facing expulsion over security concerns on former Tamil fighters

SECURITY officials may move to expel some of the Sri Lankan boatpeople detained at Christmas Island over concerns they are Tamil Tiger fighters and could pose a risk to the community.

Some young men are believed to have raised suspicions because they have injuries consistent with warfare, such as shrapnel wounds. Officials are concerned they could be Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam fighters trying to pass themselves off as asylum-seekers.

While not proscribed in Australia, the LTTE has been listed as a terrorist organisation here since 2001.

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SBS – Brendan O’Connor rejects SL Government claims that SL boat people on Christmas Island pose security risk

Brisbane Times –  Tamil Tigers not among boat people: govt

Home Affairs Minister Brendan O’Connor has rejected claims some Sri Lankan boat people detained on Christmas Island are former Tamil Tigers who could pose a security risk.

Sri Lanka’s high commissioner to Australia, Senaka Walgampaya, has spoken of his suspicions that former Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels are among recent illegal boat arrivals.

It has been claimed some of the recent arrivals raised suspicions because they had injuries consistent with having been involved in conflict, including shrapnel wounds.

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The Age – Deported Sri Lankan on smuggling charge

A SRI Lankan asylum seeker deported at the weekend has been arrested and charged with people smuggling in Colombo.

Indika Mendis, 28, was among nine men flagged for forced deportation last week as the Government began returning people from Christmas Island to countries of origin against their will.

He failed to meet criteria for protection in Australia.

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