Sri Lanka court grants bail to 27 asylum returnees

July 8, 2014 2:33 PM

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After Australian authorities intercepted a boatload of 41 Sri Lankans and handed them back to Sri Lanka on Sunday, a magistrate court in Galle — along the southern coast of the island — released 27 of them on bail on Tuesday.

Five of them were remanded until July 14, news agency Adaderana reported. Nine children — who were among those who reportedly went to Australia by boat seeking asylum — were acquitted.

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