Iranian Asylum Seeker Dies In Brisbane


An Iranian asylum seeker died at a hospital in Brisbane Friday, days after he was transferred from an offshore Australian immigrant detention centre for treatment, media reports said.

Mberra refugee camp Al-Jazeera
Mberra refugee camp Al-Jazeera

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison confirmed Hamid Kehazaei, 24, who was declared brain-dead this week, had died, ABC television reported. He said Kehazaei’s family had given permission for life support machines to be switched off.

Morrison earlier denied immigration authorities on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea had failed to adequately care for Kehazaei, whose health deteriorated after a wound on his foot became infected.

Refugee rights groups and opposition politicians say authorities did not intervene in time and raised questions over the conditions at the detention facility.

Kehazaei was evacuated from the island to a the Brisbane hospital a week ago and declared brain dead days later.

Morrison has promised an clinical review of Kehazaei’s case.

“When someone becomes ill they receive outstanding care from the people who work as part of our mainland detention network,” he told reporters in Brisbane earlier.

In November, Amnesty International detailed what it said were human rights violations at the Manus Island facility where currently some 1,000 asylum seekers are held.

Australia has several offshore immigrant processing centres.

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