CANBERRA, Australia – An Australian investigation of a violent riot in an immigration detention camp on Papua New Guinea has found a local Salvation Army officer had led a brutal attack that felt an Iranian man dead.
Papua New Guinea police are investigating the violence at the Australia-run camp on remote Manus Island on Feb. 18 that left 23-year-old asylum seeker Reza Barati with fatal head injuries. More than 60 asylum seekers received medical treatment for injuries during three days of violence.
No charges have yet been laid.
The Australian investigation found on Monday that the Salvation Army employee, who has not been named, struck Barati on the back of the head before other assailants, including security staff, kicked him and dropped a rock on his head.