11 Mar 2013

Asylum seekers expected in PNG court on Monday

6:37 am on 11 March 2013

A group of 18 asylum seekers is expected to appear in a Papua New Guinea court today on charges of assault and fighting at Australia's Manus Island detention centre.

Police say 17 of the detainees have been charged with fighting during two incidents at the centre on Christmas Eve and on January the 31st.

Another detainee was charged with assault.

Earlier, police said the asylum seekers had been arrested and charged over a series of incidents that included an escape attempt and a suicide attempt.