23 Apr 2014

G4S says it will not comment on recent allegations about Manus camp riot

8:41 am on 23 April 2014

The security company in charge of Australia's asylum seeker camp on Manus says it will not be commenting in detail on individual allegations that are being made by various parties about the incidents of the 16th and 17th of February.

Fairfax media has released a video that shows security guards at the Manus Island centre in Papua New Guinea attacking asylum seekers the night before Reza Berati was killed.

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

In a statement, G4S says it is not its role to investigate any crimes that may have been committed on Manus Island; that is the role of the PNG police, which has jurisdictional authority.

It says the PNG police were responsible for the crime scene and were present at the crime scene throughout. It also says it has fully cooperated with the PNG police investigation from its commencement.

Further, G4S says it fully cooperated with the Independent Review by Robert Cornall AO.

The security company says it will continue to fully cooperate with all investigations and reviews by the governments of Australia and Papua New Guinea. And these are the appropriate forums to address the various claims being made.