An Iranian refugee who is suing the federal government for mental health injuries allegedly suffered while he was held in immigration detention for five years has told a court he and other detainees spent four weeks tediously trying to tunnel their way out of the facility, before being caught and placed in isolation.
- An Iranian refugee is suing the federal government over his treatment in detention
- He says he and other detainees tried to dig a tunnel to escape
- He told the court about other bad treatment he received at Baxter
Seen as a “test case”, Payam Saadat is the first of more than 60 immigration detainees with claims against the Commonwealth and two private companies contracted to run detention centres in South Australia.