No single party was directly to blame for the two nights of violence that led to the death of the Iranian asylum seeker Reza Barati at Manus detention centre, according to a long-awaited government-commissioned review.
The Cornall review, which places significant emphasis on the conduct of asylum seekers in the runup to the unrest, took more than three months to complete and involved interviews with four asylum seekers, detention centre staff, department officials and the immigration minister, Scott Morrison.
It contains many details of the February unrest already reported by media and a detailed, first-hand account of the death of Barati, described in the report as a “very gentle person”.
It also makes 13 recommendations, predominantly geared towards increasing security in the centre, all of which Morrison says he has accepted.
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