Nine Rohingya Asylum Seekers Flee Aceh Detention

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By August 3, 2013 19:10

By SP/Muhammad Hamzah on 2:14 pm August 3, 2013.

Jakarta Globe

Banda Aceh. Police in Aceh were searching for seven migrants who fled from a shelter where they and 57 other migrants were detained after they were found drifting in their boat off the coast of Aceh Jaya district last week.

Yatiman Edy, the head of Aceh’s Justice and Human Rights Office, said on Saturday that nine migrants, part of the 66 individuals comprising members of Myanmar’s Rohingya minority,  who were detained in Ladong, Aceh Besar, since last week, had left the facility.

The nine were said to have escaped just after the pre-dawn meal.

Yatiman said that two of the migrants had already been arrested in the early hours of Saturday after a hotel employee in Banda Aceh notified the police that two people had attempted to rent a room without the necessary identification documents.

The two are still being questioned at the Banda Aceh Immigration Office’s quarantine facilities.

Security at Ladong had been increased as a result of the incident, Yatiman said.

Some 66 migrants departed from Malayisa to enter Australia when their boat encountered engine problems last month. The boat was found drifting off the coast of Lhueng Gayo, Aceh Jaya, on the evening of July 27.

At the time of their arrest, the asylum seekers told police that two other Rohingnya had attempted to swim for shore. The whereabouts of the two remained unknown on Saturday.

The News was originally posted by Jakarta Globe on: http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/news/nine-roghingya-asylum-seekers-flee-aceh-detention/

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