Coroner's Inquest Into Death Of Asylum Seeker In Manus Islands Continues

24-year old succumbed to infection after delayed transfer to Brisbane hospital

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, ) – A coroner's inquest into the death of an asylum seeker detained on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island has resumed in Australia.

Hamid Khazaei, a 24-year-old from Iran, died in Brisbane in 2014 from blood poisoning caused by a small leg infection.

SBS reported that, last year, the coroner heard Mr Khazaei died a slow and agonising death caused by delays in transferring him to Brisbane.

Doctors on Manus requested he be flown to Australia, but 36 hours later he was flown to Port Moresby where he suffered multiple heart attacks.

Evidence given last year included that Mr Khazaei was not given prescribed medication and the Manus medical clinic was disfunctional.

The inquest is investigating conditions for detainees on Manus Island, if appropriate health care was given to Mr Khazaei and if the Immigration Department was prepared to deal with off-shore medical emergencies.

The coroner will hear evidence from ten witnesses including the the former chief medical officer with the Immigration Department's and staff from medical contractors.

The inquest is scheduled to run for up to two weeks.

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