Australian Prime Minister Calls for National Investigation Into Allegations of Abuse and Torture at Juvenile Detention Center

A youth detainee being forcibly stripped by prison guards
A youth detainee being forcibly stripped by prison guards

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has called for a national investigation into allegations of abuse and torture at a juvenile detention center.

The allegations, exposed by Australian Broadcasting Corp.’s “Four Corners” investigative program, showed children as young as 10 being stripped naked, assaulted, tear gassed and kept in solitary confinement.

“Like all Australians, I have been deeply shocked, shocked and appalled, by the images of mistreatment at the Don Dale center,” Turnbull said.

“We will get to the bottom of what happened here … we want to know why there were inquiries into this center which did not turn up the evidence and the information that we saw on ‘Four Corners’ last night.”

Turnbull said he had met with the Northern Territory Chief Minister Adam Giles, and federal Attorney-General George Brandis.

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SOURCE: CNN, James Griffiths