Highest court rules Australia acted legally when it held 157 Sri Lankans at sea

January 28, 2015 4:00 AM

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CANBERRA, Australia – Australia's highest court on Wednesday narrowly ruled that Australia acted legally when it held 157 Sri Lankan asylum seekers at sea for almost a month last year.

The High Court judges voted 4-3 to reject a claim for damages for false imprisonment by one of the ethnic Tamils held aboard an Australian customs vessel in the Indian Ocean.

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