AWOL African athletes have visas to stay


Some of the 11 African athletes who went missing during the Commonwealth Games have been given bridging visas to stay in Australia temporarily.

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has urged the competitors to give themselves up with the visas they were issued for the Gold Coast Games due to expire at midnight on Tuesday.

But the head of a service that helps refugees migrate to Australia says some of the 11 have already got bridging visas.

“I know some of them have already had interviews with immigration,” said David Addington, the chairman of Sydney’s Northern Beaches Refugee Sanctuary.

“I know that some of them have already been given bridging visas … so you don’t get detained.”

Mr Addington was not personally involved in the athletes’ cases but said he’d spoken to advocates who were.

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