The Bakhtiaris have been booted:

Australia’s highest profile asylum seekers, the Bakhtiari family, are being deported, a federal government spokeswoman says.

“I can confirm that the removal is currently underway,” a Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs (DIMIA) spokeswoman said.

Ali and Roqia Bakhtiari and their six children are being deported to Pakistan, after failing in legal bids over four years to secure refugee status in Australia.

The family claims to be Afghani, but the government says they are from Pakistan.

It isn’t quite the straighforward he says/she says as described by the SMH. Ali Bakhtiari’s claims have repeatedly been revealed as bogus. Final proof that the family is, in fact, from Pakistan: Bob Ellis says they aren’t.

Posted by Tim B. on 12/30/2004 at 12:18 PM
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