ALP seeks independent inquiry into riot on Christmas Island

THE ALP wants an independent inquiry into a riot at the Christmas Island Detention Centre.

There were reports on Wednesday that seven detainees were moved to a Perth prison about 24 hours after the riot ended.

The unrest broke out on Sunday in the wake of Iranian Kurdish man Fazal Chegeni's death and ended on Tuesday when authorities used tear gas to bring the situation under control.

Mr Chegeni was found dead after he tried to escape the centre on Saturday.

Five detainees were hurt during the three-day stand-off.

Labor immigration and border protection spokesman Richard Marles said on Wednesday the Federal Government faced some "serious questions" over its handling of the riot.

"We need an independent and full investigation into the events that transpired following the death of a detainee outside the centre on Sunday, including the violent protests," Mr Marles said.

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said security arrangements at the centre would be reviewed and more money would be provided to boost security.

He said 113 of the 199 detainees had criminal convictions.

"If people have committed serious offences, including wilfully damaging Commonwealth property, they may face charges of that nature depending on the evidence gathered by the police," he told the ABC.

- APN NEWSDESK



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