By PNG Echo
A local Manusian returning to Port Moresby today claims to know who killed the Iranian, Reza Berati at the Manus Island Detention Centre last week and how he died.
His information, he said, came from a local G4S guard from the Incident Response Team (IRT) who was guarding the perimeter fence that night and who went inside to quell the rioting.
According to his information, the riot was between ‘factions’ inside the compound, one more militant than the other.
Reza Berati, part of the more militant faction was killed by a Palestinian from the other faction with a piece of fencing wire, sharpened on the concrete and stabbed into Berati’s temple.
“The Iranian was forcing him [the Palestinian] to protest” explained the returning Manusian. Apparently, the Palestinian didn’t want to protest so he stabbed Berati with the sharpened wire to prevent him from applying force.
This report is in direct contradiction to the other three versions of Berati’s injuries where he reportedly has either been stomped to death, head shoved in by a riot shield or beaten across the head with a length of timber.
So now, this version makes four.
In a scenario resembling Chinese whispers, clearly, there are tall tales coming from Manus – not all versions can possibly be true. Good luck to Judge Canning trying to sort it out.