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Iranian refugee suing federal government tells court of trying to dig out of detention




An Iranian refugee who is suing the federal government for mental health injuries allegedly suffered while he was held in immigration detention for five years has told a court he and other detainees spent four weeks tediously trying to tunnel their way out of the facility, before being caught and placed in isolation.

Seen as a “test case”, Payam Saadat is the first of more than 60 immigration detainees with claims against the Commonwealth and two private companies contracted to run detention centres in South Australia.

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