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visa Detainee jailed over Christmas Island disturbance

A Sudanese national has been moved from immigration detention to a mainland prison after he was sentenced to eight months imprisonment for his involvement in a major disturbance at the Christmas Island Immigration Detention Centre (IDC) in 2015.

He appeared via video link as he was sentenced in Perth Magistrates Court on 28 April 2017 after being found guilty of taking part in the disturbance under section 65 of the Criminal Code Act 1913.

On Tuesday 6 October 2015, several detainees at the Christmas Island IDC staged a violent protest, causing significant damage and injuring one service provider staff.

Australian Border Force (ABF) Acting Assistant Commissioner Detention, Compliance and Removals, Vanessa Holben, said the sentence demonstrated the serious consequences which could result from detainees abusing or assaulting staff or damaging property in immigration detention centres.

“The ABF will not tolerate such behaviour and will seek to prosecute where there is evidence of such behaviour,” Acting AC Holben said.

The man was transferred into the custody of the Australian Federal Police for transfer to a prison on the Australian mainland.

At the conclusion of his sentence, the man, whose visa was cancelled on character grounds under section 501 of the Migration Act, will be subject to removal from Australia.

Media contact: Immigration and Border Protection (02) 6264 2244