By Ginny Stein
Distressing allegations have been made about the treatment of a sexual assault victim and her family on Nauru, with sources close to the investigation listing serious shortfalls by authorities.
In May this year she was given a pass-out from the detention centre to visit a friend.
On her way back to the centre she was grabbed by a single attacker, dragged into bushes and assaulted in a prolonged attack.
Bloodied, bruised and hysterical, Nazanin managed to escape and run down the road, attracting the attention of a passerby who called police.
It was some hours before they responded.
A friend of Nazanin’s, a refugee living in the community in Nauru, was with police when she was found.
“She was not wearing any clothing, not even shoes. Just shouting,” the friend said.
“She was curled up in a corner holding a stick, in a state of shock and shaking.
“When I got closer I noticed under her eyes were dark blue, bruised. There were bruises on her body.”
Sources say police stopped to watch fireworks display
Sources close to the investigation said when police found Nazanin, they took her back to the police station, but not before stopping off for half an hour to watch a fireworks display.
Under the Border Force Act, anyone who has worked in an immigration processing centre can risk jail if they disclose “protected information”, therefore Lateline cannot identify these sources.
At the police station, a junior female police officer tried to question Nazanin, who was becoming increasingly distraught.
Sources said a detention centre employee stepped in to try to stop the interrogation and push for her to be taken to hospital.
Despite this, attempts to question Nazanin continued for a further three or four hours.