Posted By Staff Reporter
Authorities are making arrangements to transfer the ringleaders of the asylum seekers who protested on Manus to Bomana prison, outside Port Moresby.
An investigation is underway to identify those who led the protest that lasted for eight days.
A team from the Correctional Services Southern Region Command, the P-N-G Immigration Officers and an Adviser from the Australian Government conducted a site visit at the Bomana prison on Thursday to ascertain, whether the existing infrastructure is adequate to cater for these transferees.
A spokesperson from the Correctional Service said if it means for the existing facility to be upgraded immediately, both the PNG Immigration and Australian Government are committed to doing that so that those ringleaders are transferred to Bomana as soon as possible.
Currently some protesters are reportedly detained at the Lorengau Police Station while others are kept at the Manus Correctional facility, awaiting investigations.
This follows Tuesdays search at one of the compounds, where police confiscated mobile phones and homemade weapons made inside the compound.
The search was conducted after a search warrant was issued by Manus local magistrate Francis Kalai.
It is understood that the authorities are transferring the protesters ringleaders from Manus to Bomana to prevent any further disturbances at the processing center, and at the same time allow for the processing course take place for their possible resettlement.
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