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Jakarta Post

Australian, Canadian activists freed without charge

  • Inga Ting

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, January 29 2010   /  10:07 am

Indonesian Police released without charge Thursday three refugee activists - two Australians and one Canadian national - who were detained in Merak, Banten, on suspicion of human trafficking.The activists were detained when they attempted to visit a group of more than 240 Tamil asylum seekers who have been stranded on a boat at Indah Kiat Port in Merak for the past three months.The two Australians are Tamil community activist, Sara Nathan, and Pamela Curr (not Pamela Poor as printed on this page on Thursday’s edition) from the Asylum Seeker Resource Center. The Canadian, Jessica Chandrashekar is from a humanitarian organization called the Canadian Humanitarian Appeal for Relief of Tamils.All three are now in a hotel in Jakarta and will leave Indonesia on Friday.Ian Rintoul, a spokesperson for the Australian refugee lobby group, the Refugee Action Coalition, said
the trio were quest...