|The Australian Navy had told Sri Lankan asylum seekers to go and die after they were turned back at sea.|
|Secret interviews with asylum seekers being held in Indonesia appear to confirm allegations that people smugglers were paid to turn back, while trying to reach Australia. |
The claims first surfaced in an Amnesty International report last year, involving a boat believed to be heading to the New Zealand.
Two young Sri Lankan parents, who risked a dangerous high seas journey to escape the conflict, say the Australian Navy gave them a message, while allegedly paying off the people smugglers to turn back.
Parent Kandiah Karan said the message was, “don’t come back this way, go and die” and he said, “Were left like that”.
The British Journalist Phil Miller secretly interviewed the couple and others being held at an Indonesian detention centre in Kupang City, West Timor.
Most of them have applied for asylum and are hoping for a new life in New Zealand, but the process could take years.