BTN Riots at Nauru

In the small Micronesian country, Nauru, last year in July, was a deadly riot. Two asylum seekers have been jailed on Nauru for their involvement in this activity.

One asylum seeker received a two year and five months sentence for unlawful assembly and riot, while the other asylum seeker received a reduced sentence of 11 months.

“The purpose of sentencing the accused persons today is deterrence,” Magistrate Ropate Cabealawa said. “This is deliberately done to send out a strong deterrent message to the offenders and potential offenders that their conduct is completely abhorred and rejected by society.”

“Those who indulge in these kinds of activities should expect to receive long sentences.”

The Nauruan government said the riot had cost $60 million in damages.

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