Jakarta set to force refugees off boat

Stephen Fitzpatrick and Paul Maley; 14/1/10

Indonesia will force 240 Sri Lankan asylum-seekers into immigration detention by the end of next week, at gunpoint if necessary, after admitting it has concerns there are former Tamil Tigers militants among the group. As the opposition stepped up its attack on the government over its decision to bring to Australia four Tamils deemed a security risk by ASIO, Indonesian immigration officials said they suspected the three-month standoff at the port of Merak was being directed by Tamil militants on the boat. Tony Abbott yesterday called on the government to explain what it would do with five Tamils whom ASIO deemed a threat to national security. “I think people are entitled to suspect that the government has put Australians’ security at risk,” the Opposition Leader said.

See: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/jakarta-set-to-force-refugees-off-boat/story-e6frg6nf-1225818996412; Call to end ASIO check on refugees; Yuko Narushima; 14/1/10; http://www.theage.com.au/national/call-to-end-asio-check-on-refugees-20100113-m6zj.html