Friday, August 01, 2003

Is it just me but is the law an ass?
Detention children held unlawfully, judge rules

"A Family Court judge in Adelaide has ruled that five children in immigration detention are being held unlawfully, but there is insufficient evidence to order their release.

Justice Steven Strickland told a packed courtroom that he is deferring his final decision until further evidence is presented to him.

Lawyers for the children are now considering whether to present further evidence today, or agree to an adjournment.

The three girls aged six, nine and 11 and two boys aged 12 and 14, all from the same family, have been detained for more than two years. "