The Australian: Torres Strait asylum bid by West Papuan activists a test for Abbott government

Joel Magarey & Lauren Wilson

UP TO seven West Papuan independence activists are believed to have fled across the Torres Strait to northern Queensland in search of asylum after supporting Australian “Freedom Flotilla” members who sailed close to Indonesian waters earlier this month.

West Papuan and Australian sources have told The Australian the group eluded Indonesian police and military searchers by travelling to Papua New Guinea by speedboat on Sunday, before crossing the Torres Strait on Monday night to Australia’s Boigu Island, just 4km south of the PNG mainland.

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