Two Iranian refugees on Manus Island have been released from police detention more than 36 hours after being reportedly assaulted by police and immigration officials on New Year’s Eve.
The two men, whose first names are Mehdi and Mohammad, were allegedly assaulted when they were in Lorengau township at about 8pm on New Year’s Eve.
Behrouz Boochani, an Iranian journalist and fellow refugee also held on Manus, visited the men in police detention on Monday.
“The refugees said the first to attack them were two PNG immigration officers who were drunk and came to them and said ‘you don’t have the right to be outside of the prison at this moment’.”
“After a few minutes the police joined them and beat them extremely badly in the head, face, back and hands. One of the refugees has pain in his head and probably his hand is broken.”
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