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Too young to be in gaol   
Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Produced by Annie Hastwell

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The Australian Government today dropped people smuggling charges against a 15-year-old Indonesian boy, after lawyers travelled to his village to prove he was under age. The boy was intercepted on Ashmore Reef earler this year. Australian authorities had decided was an adult by scanning his wrist bones.

The wrist scanning test is under fire by human rights activists who say it is faulty and results in children being held in adult gaols . Human rights activist GERRY GEORGATOS says he’s pleased to hear the outcome of this particular case but many more Indonesian children remain locked up.

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