Man dies at Brisbane airport

October 30, 2105 | brisbane times

Refugee advocates say an Iranian man endured months of depression before he died at Brisbane Airport.

Refugee advocates say an Iranian man endured months of depression before he died at Brisbane Airport. Photo: Michelle Smith

A young Iranian man took his own life at the Brisbane airport on Tuesday, after what refugee advocates believe was months of depression and despair.

Supporters told Fairfax Media the man, thought to be either 25 or 26 years old, had travelled to Brisbane recently, after his release from a Melbourne hospital.

They said he was met by police at the airport and placed in a hotel, which he later left, returning to the airport in the early hours of Tuesday morning, and suicided.

A Queensland Police spokeswoman confirmed officers attended a non-suspicious sudden death at the Brisbane Airport on Tuesday and a report was being prepared for the Coroner.

A spokeswoman for the Australian Federal Police said the Queensland Police Service were the lead agency on the investigation.

The Immigration department was contacted for comment late on Wednesday night, when Fairfax Media first learnt of the death.

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection.responded on Thursday: “This is a matter for Queensland Police please direct your enquiry to them.”

Refugee advocates in both Brisbane and Melbourne had heard of the death, claiming the man had been attempting to seek help for mental health issues when he was discharged from the Royal Melbourne Hospital last week.

Investigations are continuing

Source http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/man-dies-at-brisbane-airport-20151028-gklbig.html#ixzz3q31D47sR

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