Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse (L) shakes hands with Australia"s immigration minister Scott Morrison
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Australia rejects Sri Lankan migrant mistreatment claim

10 July 2014 Last updated at 02:25 BST

Claims by Sri Lankan asylum seekers that they were mistreated by the Australian navy are "offensive", the country's immigration ministers says.

Scott Morrison rejected the allegations during a visit to Colombo - one day after a group of migrants who had been sent back to Sri Lanka by Australian officials appeared in court.

A second group of 153 people also intercepted at sea are the subject of ongoing court proceedings in Australia. Some of them - it is not clear how many - are reported to be Tamils.

Phil Mercer reports from Sydney.