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Iranian Boy Takes Australia To Court


29 August 2005 (RFE/RL) -- A 10-year-old Iranian boy is taking the Australian government to court today.

Shayan Bedrai says the time he spent in refugee camps in Australia caused mental-health problems and he is demanding compensation in the first case of its kind in Australia.

The Bedrai family arrived among a boatload of illegal immigrants in early 2000, when Shayan was five.

His lawyers say this case could be the first of many.

(dpa)
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