19 Apr 2016

Manus Island detainee's killers jailed

7:18 pm on 19 April 2016

Two men found guilty of murdering an Iranian asylum seeker in Australia's offshore detention centre on Manus Island have been sentenced to 10 years' jail, suspended after five years.

Candlelight vigil held for Reza Berati in Australia in 2014.

Flowers and messages of support are laid at a candlelight vigil for Reza Berati in Australia in 2014. Photo: AFP

The men, including a Salvation Army worker, were convicted of killing Reza Barati in February 2014 during a riot.

The court heard Joshua Kaluvia repeatedly hit Mr Barati on the head with a piece of wood with a nail in the end of it, before Louie Efi dropped a large rock on his head.

A senate inquiry in December 2014 found the cause of the riot in which the 23-year-old Iranian died to be a failure to process asylum seeker claims, stating the violence was imminently foreseeable.

It also found the Australian government failed in its duty to protect asylum seekers including Mr Barati.

- ABC

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