18 Aug 2006

Ill Iraqi refugee to be flown from Nauru to Australia

1:40 pm on 18 August 2006

A mentally ill Iraqi refugee who has been held on Nauru for five years will be brought to Australia for psychiatric treatment.

Australia's immigration department says it will move the detainee, Muhammad Faisal, to an Australian hospital where he will be held under alternative detention while he receives treatment.

Mr Faisal, who is an Iraqi refugee, has been held in detention on Nauru for nearly five years.

He was refused settlement in Australia after receiving an adverse security assessment from intelligence agencies.

The Australian government has declined to disclose what sort of threat he poses.

A psychiatrist is treating Mr Faisal.