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Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Australia: Wrongful detentions: 56 held for 3 weeks

from ABC:

The Federal Government has revealed that in the past five years the Immigration Department has wrongly detained 56 people for more than 21 days.

Former Australian Federal Police commissioner Mick Palmer found serious and deep-seated problems in the Immigration Department when he investigated the wrongful detention of Cornelia Rau and the deportation of Vivian Solon.

The ombudsman is investigating another 201 cases where people were detained but then released because they were in Australia legitimately.

It has now been revealed that in 56 of those cases, people were in detention for 21 days or more.

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