Court bars Australia returning boatload of asylum-seekers to Sri Lanka

SYDNEY (AFP) - A High Court on Monday barred Australia from handing back a boatload of 153 asylum-seekers to Sri Lanka, just hours after Canberra confirmed another vessel had been returned to Colombo.

The interim injunction applies at least until a hearing resumes on Tuesday afternoon and was granted after lawyers argued the transfer was illegal.

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