Deadly riot on Manus Island under investigation

THE deadly riot at Manus Island is now being investigated, with the former public servant who looked into sexual abuse claims on the island last year appointed to lead the review.

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison on Friday announced the former secretary of the Attorney-General's department, Robert Cornall, would undertake the review.

The riot on Monday night saw a 23-year-old male Iranian asylum seeker killed and a confirmed 62 people injured many with head wounds, during the violence.

While claims that Papua New Guinea police and island residents were directly involved in the violence, Mr Morrison said no such details could be confirmed yet.

Mr Morrison said Australia's review would look at the "entire incident as a whole", while PNG authorities have also instigated a police investigation into "potential criminal behaviour".

He said there remained many "questions that need to be answered", and Mr Cornall would be working with PNG and other Australian authorities to determine what specifically happened.

Mr Morrison did, however, say the review would specifically be looking at the actions of "security services contractors" at the detention centre, although he had received no reports of any wrongdoing by centre staff.


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