Family say foul play can’t be ruled out in Hamed Shamshiripour’s death, whose deteriorating mental health issues had been raised high up in immigration department

The family of the Iranian asylum seeker Hamed Shamshiripour have formally requested his body be brought to Australia from Papua New Guinea for an autopsy, saying foul play could not be ruled out in his death.

Shamshiripour’s body was found on Monday in forest near to the refugee transit centre on Manus Island where he was being held. The 31-year-old – whose acute and worsening mental health issues had been raised within the highest echelons of the Australian immigration department – had been missing since Saturday.

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