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Australia to compensate Indian

A former immigration detainee from India will be compensated with $4,000.

india Updated: Jun 23, 2006 10:41 IST

The Australian government has agreed to pay a former immigration detainee from India $4,000 in compensation for breaching his human rights.

In a report tabled in parliament, the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC) recommended that the immigration department apologise to the man, known only as Mr AV, as well as paying him $4,000 in compensation.

The man, known only as AV, had alleged that soon after his arrival at Sydney's Villawood Detention Centre on September 8, 2004, some security guards suddenly pushed him to the ground while he was having a conversation with a female staff member and twisted his arm until it was broken.

The immigration department has since given the apology and agreed to pay the compensation, a media report said.

Some of the officers claimed that they had to restrain AV because he was resisting his detention.

President of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, John von Doussa, said it was also revealed during the inquiry that AV was later restrained and searched in a holding room.