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29 July, 2020

Contact with Priya lost after guards reportedly remove her from hospital

FRIENDS of Priya hold fears for the mother of Biloela's Tamil asylum-seeker family. On the "Bring Priya, Nades and their girls home to Biloela" Facebook page they reported they had lost contact with Priya after she called to say she was being removed from Perth's Fiona Stanley Hospital and taken to the airport by 10-15 guards.

By Jen Gourley

UPDATE: Priya's friends were able re-establish contact with Priya on Christmas Island at around 7pm AEST Thursday night.

On the "Bring Priya, Nades and their girls home to Biloela" Facebook page they reported: "She is shaken, but relieved to be re-united with her loving family and was seen by a doctor on arrival.

"Priya has confirmed that Serco guards took her phone from her as she was requesting contact with her legal representatives. We are deeply concerned at that this disturbing development."

They reported: "She was heard asking to speak to her legal representative and screaming in distress before the call was cut off. We believe her phone has been taken from her and we are deeply concerned for her welfare."

The group, which is working to return the family home to Biloela, is asking supporters to make an urgent phone call to the office of Minister Alan Tudge on (03) 9887 3890 or (02) 6277 7790 and politely insist that Priya's phone be returned to her and that she be allowed to speak with her legal representatives. They are asking supporters to also call the office of Prime Minister Scott Morrison on (02) 9523 0339 with the same request.

Priya was evacuated from Christmas Island on Saturday, July 18 to undergo testing at Fiona Stanley Hospital in Perth after two weeks of severe abdominal pain. When the Callide Dawson Leader spoke to Biloela social worker and family friend Angela Fredericks on Tuesday, she said medical staff were yet to find the cause of Priya's severe pain

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