July 08, Galle: A Sri Lankan court today remanded five of the 41 asylum seekers handed over to the Sri Lankan Navy by the Australian authorities after intercepting them at high seas.
The asylum seekers who were brought to the island by a Sri Lankan Navy patrol vessel yesterday were produced before the Galle Magistrate's Court today (July 08).
Galle Magistrate, U.S. Kalansooriya remanded five of the illegal migrants until July 14 and released 27 each on cash bail of Rs 5,000 and personal bail of Rs 100,000.
The judge acquitted nine children, who were under the age of 16, among the asylum seekers.
A dog taken on the failed journey was also produced in the court today.
The released asylum seekers speaking to reporters outside the court, claimed that they did not receive any facilities in Australia and that Australian authorities even ignored the children. They alleged that the dog was given better care by the Australian authorities.