Chief Migrations Officer Mataio Rabura confirms that the refugee slipped on the waterfall rocks, resulting in his death.
33-year-old Kamil Hussain of Pakistan nationality was found drowned at a waterfall at Rossun village, on Tuesday this week. He was found 2 hours later by police with the help of locals.
Manus Acting Provincial Police Commander Inspector David Yapu said the refugee was rushed to Lorengau General Hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival.
His body is currently undergoing post-mortem. After the autopsy, Rabura says the late Kamil’s body will be flown to Port Moresby. It will be kept at the Funeral Home whilst migration officers try to contact his family if the body is to be repatriated.
Calls have been made by the Acting Manus Provincial Police Commander and leaders in Manus to control the movement of these refugees, who are now walking around freely in Lorengau since the Supreme Court’s decision declaring their detention illegal.
The Chief Migration Officer says they previously used to provide escorts to follow the refugees around, but now they have no control over their movement.