Manus Island riot: Body of asylum seeker Reza Berati to be returned to Iran

Manus Island riot: Body of asylum seeker Reza Berati to be returned to Iran

Manus Island riot: Body of asylum seeker Reza Berati to be returned to Iran

Updated 21 February 2014, 19:22 AEST

The body of 23-year-old asylum seeker Reza Berati will be flown home to Iran for burial, as an independent investigation into his death during riots on Manus Island begins.

The body of 23-year-old asylum seeker Reza Berati will be flown home to Iran for burial, as an independent investigation into his death during riots on Manus Island begins.

The Greens and asylum seeker advocates say Mr Berati was "murdered" on the island, but the Government says it will wait for the findings from its official review before commenting on individual reports about what took place.

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has warned the report, to be conducted by former Attorney-General's Department secretary Robert Cornall, will take "some time" to gather the facts about the "very serious incident" in which 67 asylum seekers were injured.

The review is likely to take months, but the Mr Morrison says it could take longer.

"I have indicated over the next few months I would like to see this matter at least get to some point of knowledge on this," he told reporters in Canberra.

"If that is not possible, it will take longer and [Mr Cornall] will be given support to do that."

Mr Berati arrived at Christmas Island with no family members on July 24 and was transferred to PNG one month later under the resettlement policy introduced by former prime minister Kevin Rudd.

One asylum seeker was flown to Australia for treatment for head injuries as a result of this week's riots. Four others, including one shot in the left buttock, are being treated in Port Moresby, while another asylum seeker is awaiting transfer to the capital.

Mr Morrison says he takes responsibility for things that happen on his watch.

"I do take responsibility for things that happen within my portfolio under my management, of course I do," he said.

"Since we came into office, I have been taking steps every day to try and upgrade and get the offshore processing facilities in a far better shape."

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