Detainee struggled to fill out 41-page application form in English – and was not able to access legal assistance in time
A Tamil asylum seeker has become the first person slated for deportation – without having his claim for protection even assessed – after falling foul of the ministerial deadline of 1 October to apply.
The man, who has been given the pseudonym Rajah because he remains at risk of being deported, was placed in handcuffs at Villawood detention centre on Wednesday morning and slated for removal in the evening.
It is believed he will be flown back to Colombo via Singapore.
Returned asylum seekers…