22 Apr 2014

New video contradicts previous statements on Manus death

1:56 pm on 22 April 2014

A new video published by Australian media shows security guards at Australia's Manus Island detention centre in Papua New Guinea attacking asylum seekers the night before a 23-year-old was killed in February.

The video, obtained by Fairfax media, appears to contradict statements made by Papua New Guinea and Australian authorities following the death of Reza Berati after two nights of clashes.

Jamie Tahana reports.

"The morning after the violence that claimed Mr Berati's life, Australia's Immigration Minister, Scott Morrison, said that the security firm G4S had utilised personal protection gear, but that no batons or other weapons were used. But the Fairfax footage clearly shows G4S guards throwing stones and other objects at asylum seekers trying to hide themselves in the compound. There are also images that show that no action was taken to isolate the scene of Mr Berati's killing before evidence was either compromised or completely cleared away. Other images show bullet holes at stomach level in the centre, which challenges the assertion that only warning shots were fired in the air by police."