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Persecution in Fiji reason for Suicide — Josefa Rauluni said he feared he would be persecuted if returned to Fiji by the Australian Government and would rather die.

Detainee dies at Sydney’s Villawood detention centre hours before his deportation to Fiji .

Full Story — http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/fijian-man-dies-suddenly-at-sydneys-villawood-detention-centre/story-e6frg6nf-1225926641022

IMMIGRATION authorities are investigating the death of a detainee at Sydney’s Villawood detention centre, who refugee advocates say leapt from a roof.

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship said the 36-year-old Fijian national had been held in Villawood since August 17. 

He was named by Fiji democracy activists as Josefa Rauluni, who they said feared he would be persecuted if returned to Fiji.

Refugee advocate Sara Nathan said the man was due to be deported to Fiji today, and this morning had climbed on a roof at the detention centre, in Sydney’s west.

“He was given deportation papers this morning,” Ms Nathan said.

“About 15 minutes before he was due to be handcuffed, he climbed the building where he pleaded to be allowed to stay in Australia, even if it is in detention, as he feared persecution if he returned.”

Immigration authorities described the incident as an “unexpected death”.

“Detention centre police are investigating the sudden death of a 36-year-old detainee at the Villawood Immigration Detention Centre at about 10am today,” a departmental spokesman said.

“The department extends its sympathies to the man’s family.”

President of the Fiji Democracy and Freedom Movement, Usaia Peter Waqatairewa, said Mr Rauluni had telephoned him prior to his death, pleading for his deportation to be stalled.

“He pleaded with me to tell them he does not want to go back and would rather die. He again stressed that all he wanted was to be allowed to stay here until a change of government in Fiji and democracy is again restored,” Mr Waqatairewa said.

Do you know more? vasekl@theaustralian.com.au

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2 thoughts on “Persecution in Fiji reason for Suicide — Josefa Rauluni said he feared he would be persecuted if returned to Fiji by the Australian Government and would rather die.

  1. Isa na cauravou qo, sa bau vakaciriloloma dina vei au.

    And what a hell of a statement to make to Fiji’s illegal military regime and their supporters! I bet Fiji’s disgraceful army brass is already pointing their bloodstained fingers at the Australian Govt for this tragic incident. Wailei sa rauta mada na dusi va manipusi – read the i-taukei’s last words.

  2. My deep condolences to this young man’s family. RIP.

    I know lots of young itaukei are quietly trying hard to leave for greener pastures too. They don’t see a point in hanging around their beloved home country with this rotten and corrupt-to-the-core military regime running the country with guns, threatening people and doing whatever they please with impunity. Everyone has to work hard for bloody peanuts given the country’s skyrocketing inflation.

    People have to dig deep in their pockets to pay for the cowardly thugs disgusting and immoral lifestyles – whilst the cowardly thugs help themselves to kickbacks, payoffs and million dollar heists. It’s a never ending story of corruption… can you imagine the depth and extent of it if there was no media blackout for the illegal regimes to hide their underhanded dealings?!!

    I suppose if one looks on the bright side, the KINGPIN OF TORTURE – PITA DRITI should be thanked for extending nightclubbing hours until daylight to keep the young & restless lionhearts occupied and in a permanent stupor… otherwise, you just might realise there are many more Rauluni’s around to add to the Fiji’s suicide rate, one of the highest in the world. Yes… and this time round, the stats will be mostly the itaukei.

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