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Asylum seekers 'threaten to blow up ship'

Two-hundred-and-sixty Sri Lankan asylum seekers are reportedly threatening to blow up their ship if the Indonesian military forces them ashore.

Indonesian navy spokesman, First Marshal Iskander Sitompul, told the ABC that many of the 260 men, women and children aboard the boat moored at a West Java port feel traumatic about going ashore because they have been "disturbed and tortured" during their journey from Sri Lanka, which began in late July.

He says they lived in the jungle in Malaysia for several months before a people smuggling syndicate took their passports and promised to deliver them to Australia.

A spokesman for the group told The Australian newspaper that they were planing to blow up the boat and jump into the ocean if the Indonesian navy attempts to forcibly move them ashore.

The head of the Immigration Division of the Law and Human Rights office, Harry Purwanto,

Added: Oct-13-2009 Occurred On: Oct-12-2009
By: bellava
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