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G4S part of Australian investigation into detention centre riot

Published on Feb 21, 2014 2:01 PM
 
Bunk beds under assembly at Australia's regional processing centre on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea on Feb 18, 2014. An investigation into deadly clashes this week at an immigration detention centre in Papua New Guinea will examine possible misconduct by private security contractors, Australia's immigration minister said on Feb 21, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP/DEPARTMENT OF IMMIGRATION AND BORDER PROTECTION

SYDNEY (REUTERS) - An investigation into deadly clashes this week at an immigration detention centre in Papua New Guinea will examine possible misconduct by private security contractors, Australia's immigration minister said on Friday.

One asylum seeker was killed and more than 60 were injured during riots at a facility on Manus Island in PNG that houses asylum seekers as part of Prime Minister Tony Abbott's tough policies to deter them from coming to Australia.

Several detainees allege they were set upon with makeshift weapons by PNG police and PNG employees of Britain's G4S, the world's biggest security group, which is responsible for security at the facility.

"I wish to stress that the review will look closely at any actions of those contracted to provide services at the centre in a safe and secure manner," Immigration Minister Scott Morrison told reporters in Canberra.

 
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