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14 Jun 2017

Ben Doherty & Calla Wahlquist, Guardian (UK)

Government to pay $70m damages to 1,905 Manus detainees in class action

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The Australian government and its offshore detention contractors will pay more than $70m in compensation to nearly 2,000 refugees and asylum seekers for illegally detaining them in dangerous and damaging conditions on Manus Island…The breakdown of money to be paid by the Australian government, G4S, and Broadspectrum has not been made public, but it is possible that some of the settlement could be paid by Wilson Security, which was sued by Broadspectrum and brought into the class action as a secondary defendant…[During] riots [on Manus Island in] February 2014…more than 70 detainees were seriously injured…refugees were shot by police, were stabbed and had their throats slits when the camp was overrun by rioters from outside. Iranian Reza Barati was murdered by security guards...