A Tamil asylum seeker family deported from Australia has won a last-minute delay after a court ordered an eleventh hour to block the move.
Earlier on Thursday, Priya, her husband Nadesalingam, and their two Australian-born daughters boarded a plane that left Melbourne Airport to Sri Lanka.
But lawyers acting for the family supporters say they have won summary proceedings in the Melbourne Federal Circuit Court.
It is understood that the aircraft will land in Darwin around 2 am.
Priya, her husband Nadesalingam and their two Australian-born daughters, who were deported from Australia, won a last-minute delay after a judge issued an 11-hour order to block the move
The orders of Judge Heather Riley state that the Immigration Minister is being prevented from removing the applicant from the Commonwealth of Australia.
A hearing will be held on August 30 at 10 am at the Federal Circuit Court.
Biloela resident, Angela Fredericks, who is behind the campaign to keep the family in Australia, said she is not sure what will happen to them now.
& # 39; I would dare say they would be escorted from the plane, then I would say they would be back in a detention center, so I don't know if they will be flown back to Melbourne, & # 39; she said.
The family had previously been forced into two vans and taken to Melbourne airport.
Video posted on Facebook showed that Nadesalingam was in a charter plane with his two-year-old daughter Tharunicaa on his lap and four-year-old daughter Kopika sitting next to him
More than 70 supporters of the family rushed to the airport and shouted & # 39; let them stay & # 39; on the side of the tarmac as they watched the family's charter plane take off
& # 39; I [got] a video call and their entire unit is surrounded by about twenty guards, Priya just sat in a chair and [border guards] told them they were deported tonight, & # 39; Simone Cameron told the ABC.
& # 39; Priya reports that some guards have been rough and aggressive to her that she cannot feel any of her shoulders.
& # 39; She asked for the chance to go and change her clothes and they refused. & # 39;
Mrs. Cameron said the situation was incredibly traumatic for the family, which has a history of trauma.
As their plane departed, protesters held up images of cockatoos – the nickname Priya and Nades gave their daughters
More than 70 supporters of the family rushed to the airport and shouted & # 39; let them stay & # 39; on the side of the tarmac as they watched the family's charter plane take off.
They held up plates with the text & # 39; free the Tamil refugees. End of mandatory custody & # 39 ;.
& # 39; There are approximately 30 to 40 demonstrators gathered behind the fence. We have a view of the Skytraders plane, & said Change.org campaign director Nic Holas of the airport protest.
& # 39; We understand that Priya and her family have been put in the pendant.
& # 39; This is an informal group. These are just Australians and we are trying to prevent this family from being deported. & # 39;
It was not just demonstrators at the airport who insisted that the family be allowed to stay in Australia, with more than 200,000 Australians signing an online petition from Change.org.
Video posted on Facebook showed that Nadesalingam was in a charter plane with his two-year-old daughter Tharunicaa on his lap and the four-year-old daughter Kopika next to him.
Priya is supposed to be divorced on Thursday at 7.30 p.m. before being reunited at the airport before their flight.
The rural town of Biloela in Central Queensland has gathered behind the family and more than 200,000 Australians have signed an online petition to keep them in Australia
The family lived and worked in Biloela, Queensland, for four years on a temporary bridging visa before it expired in March 2018.
They have been detained in a detention center in Melbourne since March 2018, after being taken out of their homes during a raid before dawn.
The High Court then refused their final bid to remain in Australia in May 2018.
Last week, the family discovered that their efforts to stay in the country had been rejected, with supporters calling on the federal immigration minister to reconsider.
Proponents previously said they feared that the family would be in danger if it were sent back to Sri Lanka because of family ties in the past with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.
The immigration ministry had previously stated that the family's case had been assessed for many years.
A friend of the Sri Lankan family who taught Nades Engels in Queensland said that they were quickly forced into two vans on Thursday evening and taken to Melbourne airport
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