Detainees given deal to change story after Manus death
PROMINENT human rights lawyer Julian Burnside QC says asylum seekers on Manus Island were offered relocation to Australia in return for withdrawing witness statements about the death of Iranian detainee Reza Berati.
Mr Burnside, an outspoken critic of the Federal Government's immigration detention policies, made the claim while accepting the Sydney Peace Prize last night.
He said a confidential source told him witnesses to the death of Mr Berati were offered transfer to Australia if they took back their statements.
"My understanding is that some people in the Manus Island detention are being offered the opportunity of being taken to mainland Australia on condition they withdraw any witness statements they've made," he told the function at Sydney Town Hall.
Federal Immigration Minister Scott Morrison denied the statements made by Mr Burnside.