1 May 2014

Inquiry told 40 shots fired at PNG camp

7:26 pm on 1 May 2014

A submission to an Australian Senate Inquiry says up to 40 shots were fired the night an Iranian asylum seeker was killed at Australia's camp on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea.

The Green senator, Sarah Hanson-Young, who initiated the inquiry, says it confirms no one at the centre is safe.

Bridget Tunnicliffe reports:

"The independent MP Andrew Wilkie has filed a submission based on a first-hand account of an Australian G4s security officer who was working at the Centre during the incident which culminated in the death of Reza Berati on February 17th. The man, who no longer works at the camp and wishes to remain anonoymous, says events kicked off when about 10 asylum seekers jumped a fence. He says expat G4S guards like himself had to act like mediators in the middle and stop the PNG guards from attacking the men when they barricaded themselves in the compound, before things settled down. He says the following night the PNG police took over when a riot started in one of the compounds. He heard 20 to 40 shots fired and has described the police as being brutal and savage. That night he says Mr Berati was knocked to the floor, kicked in the head by two PNG G4S officers, then hit with a lump of wood."