Responding to the reiteration, in detail, of claims that Australian officials deliberately burned asylum seekers’ hands during an ‘on water’ operation, Senator David Johnston urged the public not to trust the witness, Mr Fasher. The Australian reports:
Senator Johnson [sic] dismissed a report published by Fairfax Media yesterday in which Somalian man Yousif Ibrahim Fasher said he was a witness to brutality, where asylum-seekers allegedly had their hands deliberately burned.
“He’s not even Australian,” Senator Johnson [sic] said. “I mean, it’s all very well, but these people are desperate people, we are winning this battle, and I expect there will be more aspersions cast as they lose money, lose face and lose opportunity.”
Who do you believe?
Sen Johnstone (Photo: Alex Ellinghausen)
Yousif Ibrahim Fasher, right (Photo: Michael Bachelard)