The Australian High Commission in Colombo has rejected as false, recent media reports suggesting the Australian Government has requested funds from the family of Rajeev Rajendran – the Sri Lankan Tamil man who died recently on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea – to repatriate his body to Sri Lanka.
The Australian Government – including the High Commission – has not been approached by Rajendran’s family and has not requested funds to repatriate his body.
As Rajendran died in Papua New Guinea, repatriation arrangements are a matter for the Papua New Guinea Government, the Australian High Commission in Colombo said.
The 32-year-old’s death on Monday morning was the sixth refugee fatality on Manus Island in four years.
The body of the man was found on the grounds of the Lorengau hospital, where he had been sent after a previous suicide attempt. (Colombo Gazette)