The National, Wednesday 19th of February, 2014
PRIME Minister Peter O’Neill says a team of police and Government officials is in Manus to investigate the incidents at the asylum centre.
He said in a statement one of the asylum seekers at the centre died.
“The deceased is an Iranian national who died at the hospital from serious injuries sustained during the fight at the centre,” O’Neill, pictured, said.
“Police, Defence and Immigration Department officials are now in Manus and a thorough investigation is under way.
“The situation at the centre now appears under control.
“The preliminary investigations suggest
that less than 50% of the 1,400 transferees
at the centre were involved in the disturbances.
“I want to state clearly here that any instances of criminality and breach of PNG law will be dealt with by the proper lawful authorities.
“The Government will not tolerate anyone breaking
the laws of Papua New Guinea.”
O’Neill has spoken to Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and they “agree with the measures taken to address this situation”.
“I have assured Abbott that PNG remains committed to the resettlement programme and finding a lasting solution to the global challenge of human smuggling and illegal trafficking of persons in the
region,” he said.
The investigation team, headed by chief migration officer Mataio Rabura, will meet local leaders, including Manus Governor Charlie Benjamin, Lorengau town mayor and service providers at the centre.