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Australian High Court upholds injunction on deportation of asylum seekers to Malaysia

08-08-2011 15:59 BJT

SYDNEY, Aug. 8 (Xinhua) -- The Australian High Court on Monday afternoon extended its injunction on deportation of asylum seekers to Malaysia and Judge Kenneth Hayne said a full hearing was likely to be held on August 22.

In a special hearing on Sunday afternoon, the High Court placed a temporary injunction on the Federal Government's plans to send 16 asylum seekers to Malaysia on Monday morning under its Malaysia swap deal.

Hayne on Monday extended the injunction until the full bench could consider the lawfulness of the government's policy.

Hayne said it was likely the full court could hear the matter in a special sitting in the week beginning August 22.

The federal government's Malaysia swap deal involves sending 800 asylum seekers to Malaysia for assessment, in return for accepting 4000 processed refugees.

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: Xinhua

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