Its always “I’ve been advised””on the information before me” Plausible deniability
Two asylum seekers in detention on Manus Island say they were forced to retract their eyewitness accounts of violence at the centre in February after being beaten and threatened by Australian officials at the centre.
They say they were taken to an area of the camp they had not seen before and fed bread and water for three days, sleeping on the muddy ground.
“We were crying and asking what is our fault?” one said in a Facebook post. “They said: ‘Because you always object to all of our rules’.”
They claim they were cable-tied to chairs and beaten about the body to avoid noticeable bruises and threatened with rape and murder if they did not retract their statements.
A spokesperson for the minister rejected the claims of inhumane treatment, repeating that Mr Morrison had been advised that “two men became abusive and aggressive and were moved in accordance with operational policy within the centre”.