Australian High Court blocks return of asylum-seekers to Sri Lanka
The Australian High Court has granted an interim injunction to prevent 153 asylum-seekers being returned to Sri Lanka by the Australian Navy.
In an urgent hearing in Sydney after an application by refugee advocates, Justice Susan Crennan granted an interim injunction that would stop the Australian Navy returning the Sri Lankan asylum seekers.
The order sought to protect 48 people who are named while a further 105 unnamed asylum seekers are also claiming to be Tamil refugees,
Justice Crennan’s interim injunction on the asylum only stays in place till 4pm tomorrow, with the matter set to be heard in the High Court tomorrow afternoon.