09 Jun '11, 2am

Australia boatpeople set to bypass Malaysia laws

The 800 boatpeople Australia plans to send to Malaysia will be granted immunity from the country's harsh immigration laws, eliminating the threat of caning, reports said on Thursday. Rather than being sent to existing detention camps, they will spend six weeks in a new Australian-funded holding centre before being issued identity tags and released into the community, News Limited newspapers said. This will allow them to avoid being treated as illegal immigrants under Malaysian law, which will protect them from the possibility of caning and other human rights abuses. The Australian and the Sydney Daily Telegraph, citing unnamed sources, said the exemption would be granted through a seldom-used local law. The reports said the compromise had been secured by Immigration Minister Chris Bowen, although he was not prepared to elaborate on Thursday. "I'm not going to comment in de...

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