-AUSTRALIAN ASSYLUM SEEKER ATTEMPTS SUICIDE
– Temporary depression has been identified to be the cause
– The man has been further retained in prison
– Government deploys more military men
AUSTRALIAN ASSYLUM SEEKER ATTEMPTS SUICIDE. Sam Nemati, an Iranian asylum seeker, has been fined for attempting suicide the during an attempt to move him and his daughter from an Australian-funded detention center on the island of Nauru.
The man, sole guardian of the eight-year-old girl, confessed the charge and was ordered to pay A$200 ($155; £109). Before attempting the suicide, Mr Nemati had been in the detention center for two years.
Australia has recently embarked on relocating undocumented migrants trying to reach the country by boat to Nauru, a small Pacific island nation about 3,000 km (1,800 miles) north-east of Australia, and Papua New Guinea. Nauru, was previously administered by Australia but gained independence in 1968.
According to Australian media as reported by the BBC, Prosecutors had originally sought a two-month custodial sentence for Mr Nemati, arguing that such a sentence could be used as a deterrent.
“We are concerned that this method of protest is being used and want to stamp out this practice,” prosecutors said. The pair moved to Nibok Lodge in January, where Mr Nemati said his daughter would have more children to play with.
Authorities, have however said they were not authorized to live there, and moved to evict the pair on 21 January.
Mr Nemati, who had earlier been showing signs of depression, became distressed when officers began removing his belongings, and attempted to take his own life. He was immediately taken to hospital for medical treatment, and afterwards charged and subsequently detained for two weeks in February.
The law against attempted suicide in Nauru is based on the 1899 Queensland Criminal Code.
This is the first time such an occurrence is recorded in Nauru. And as a result, security men have been deployed and health care workers deployed. It appears the government might follow up the deployment of the military with a plan to build new health care facilities on the site.