Reza Barati’s family: ‘We want answers. What did they do to him?’

‘He went to Australia to seek refuge from his land of dreams, where he could have a life and study but instead he was held in captivity and killed,’ says cousin.

The family of the Iranian asylum seeker killed during unrest in a Papua New Guinea detention centre have said they want answers from the Australian government on what happened to him in their custody.

The 23-year-old Reza Barati lost his life after sustaining “multiple head injuries” when violence broke out between asylum seekers and guards earlier this month. He was transferred to Manus Island following his arrival in Australia in July.

“First, we want his body to be returned to Iran and then we want answers, what happened to him? What did they do to him?” Barati’s cousin, speaking on behalf of his family, told the Guardian by phone from Tehran.

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