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Asylum-seekers to be isolated

October 08, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

Far-right Gov. Joerg Haider has set up a facility in the remote mountains of southern Austria to handle asylum-seekers suspected of crimes, saying they need to be isolated to protect people in the area.

Haider, governor of Carinthia province, said the number of criminal asylum-seekers was on the rise.

"The whole thing sounds strongly like banishment," said Heinz Patzelt, head of Austria's chapter of Amnesty International.

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