Asylum seeker, 19, dies in bid to escape detention

Updated 05:58 PM
Miguela Xuereb

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

A young asylum seeker has died after sustaining a fall in an attempt to escape the Ħal Far detention centre, the Home Affairs Ministry announced.

The man, a Sudanese national, was 19 years old, and had been in the detention centre since June, a ministry spokesman told Newsbook.com.mt.

In a statement, the ministry said that the man fell off the boundary wall at around 5am.

A nurse posted at the detention centre provided first aid before an ambulance took him to Mater Dei Hospital. However, he was certified dead at 11.15am.

Duty magistrate Marse-Ann Farrugia is leading an inquiry.