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Court Sentences Two Men for the Murder of Asylum Seeker

By Edwin Fidelis – EM TV News, Kokopo

The National Court on Manus yesterday sentenced Joshua Kulivia and Louise Efi to 10 years in prison with hard labour for the murder of Iranian refugee Reza Barati, at the Regional Processing Centre on Manus in 2014.

Justice Nicholas Kiriwom found the two accused guilty of the charges at hand.

The incident happened in February 2014 during a violent riot at the centre.

The court found Kulivia guilty of hitting Barati with a piece of timber over the head, while Efi was found guilty of striking Barati with a rock to the head. 

However, Justice Kiriwom suspended five years from their sentence because of the period they have spent in custody at the Manus Correctional Service.

Joshua Kulivia will spend three years and four months in prison with hard labour, while Efi will spend three years and two months under the same conditions.

Both men will serve their jail terms at the Manus Correctional Service Prison.

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