Christmas Island detainees being taken to Perth jail

SEVEN Christmas Island detainees say they are being taken to a prison in Perth. 

It comes after authorities regained control of the detention centre after rioting reportedly started by New Zealanders.

The men who claim to be preparing to fly out say they are New Zealand nationals.

Meanwhile the ALP has called for an independent inquiry into the recent rioting.

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.

Immigration and Border Protection shadow spokesman Richard Marles on Wednesday said 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.

Mr Dutton 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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