Asylum seekers who were returned to Vietnam by the Australian Navy last week are believed to be being interrogated at a police-run detention centre in a coastal province north of Ho Chi Minh City.

According to sources in the Australian Vietnamese community, all adults who were on-board a boat intercepted somewhere north of Australia have been detained for questioning for the past week.

It is also believed that they left southern Vietnam in March – meaning Australian authorities potentially kept the group detained for weeks while their asylum claims were screened by Immigration Department officials on-board the HMAS Choules.

They were handed over to officials in Vung Tau, a southern port city, last Friday. Immigration Minister Peter Dutton confirmed for the first time on Thursday that 46 people had been returned.

http://www.theage.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/fears-returned-vietnamese-asylum-seekers-are-being-grilled-in-police-detention-20150423-1mrxyb.html

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