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

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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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