December 10, 2012
An asylum seeker who was evacuated from Nauru for medical treatment because of a long-term hunger strike has been sent back to the detention centre.
The Iranian man, known as Omid, was flown to Australia late last month after refusing food for 50 days.
An Immigration Department spokeswoman says the man has now been returned to Nauru, where his condition will continue to be monitored by detention centre staff.
She says the decision to return him to the centre was taken after consulting medical professionals.
The man’s evacuation prompted calls from the Greens for the Government to ensure that “vulnerable people” were no longer sent to “unacceptable island prisons”.
The Government reopened the detention centre on Nauru earlier this year and has since transferred nearly 400 asylum seekers to the island.