Asylum seeker alleges appalling treatment by Australian navy
THE man who alleged three asylum seekers had their hands deliberately burned by Australian navy personnel during a tow back operation has given an extensive interview to Fairfax media.
Yousif Ibrahim Fasher, speaking from the Tanjung Pinang immigration detention centre off the coast of Sumatra, has said he was an eyewitness to Australian navy personnel burning the hands of asylum seekers on hot exhaust pipes in order to deter the passengers from using the toilet on board the wooden fishing boat, Fairfax has reported.
Fasher has claimed access to the toilet was restricted to once a day. A scuffle between navy personnel and four male asylum seekers broke out when the men tried to push pass the guarded toilet in order to use it, Fasher said.
The first man's hand was burned accidentally during the scuffle after he was blasted in the eyes with capsicum spray. Fasher claims the guards then placed the hands of the other three men on the pipe as punishment.
The navy has denied these allegations.