More tales of incriminating social networking

2011-04-14 07:59

Sydney – Australian police have added social networking sites like Facebook to their crime-fighting armoury.

Some people cannot seem to resist boasting about their crimes and in doing so provide detectives with handy statements to pass on to the prosecution.

Immigration authorities are also trawling the internet for information and recently used social networking sites to blow the cover of an asylum seeker.

The applicant, who must remain nameless, told the Refugee Review Tribunal that he used a fake Indian passport to enter Australia because Chinese authorities were hunting for him in his native Tibet.

He pleaded with the tribunal to believe his story and not return him to Tibet. “If this happens, the Chinese army will torture me to death,” he predicted.

Authorities turned up photographs the asylum seeker posted that did not show him resisting Chinese rule in Tibet but pointed instead to a privileged upbringing in the Indian state of West Bengal.

“On the basis of the information posted by the application on various social networking sites, the tribunal finds that, contrary to his assertions throughout the process, the applicant has resided and completed his secondary schooling in... West Bengal,” the tribunal said in rejecting the appeal.

“The tribunal finds that the applicant is Indian born, he is an Indian national and holds a valid Indian passport. He is not a refugee.”

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