5 May 2014

Inquiry told PNG guards caused Manus death

7:23 pm on 5 May 2014

An Australian Senate inquiry into deadly violence at the Manus Island detention centre in Papua New Guinea has heard how PNG security guards beat an asylum seeker to death with a lump of wood.

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 when 23-year-old Reza Berati died.

The security guard, who wishes to remain anonymous, says PNG guards reacted "brutally" to the unrest which culminated in the death of Mr Berati.

He says expat guards had to stand between PNG guards and detainees and were lucky not to be seriously injured themselves.

Mr Wilkie says it is not known who will be held accountable for the death.

Presumably the PNG government and the Australian government are very interested in getting to the bottom of it and holding to account those that killed the man. The current Australian Federal government would be quite happy to sweep this under the carpet. But whether or not it can get away with that remains to be seen.

An independent MP, Andrew Wilkie.