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Monday, 15 June 2009
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Mr Oakeshott asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, in writing , on 14 May 2009:

What is the status of Mr Keith Mortimer who continues to be held against his will along with four other Australian citizens, following a joy flight to the Indonesian province of Merauke, West Papua, in September 2008.

Mr Stephen Smith (Minister for Foreign Affairs) —The answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:

Mr Mortimer is subject to “city detention” in Merauke, in the Indonesian Province of Papua, pending the outcome of an appeal by the prosecution in his case to the Supreme Court of Indonesia.  The Department is continuing to provide consular assistance to Mr Mortimer.