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Asylum seeker, aged 26, dies in Villawood detention centre

A young asylum seeker has died after collapsing in Sydney’s Villawood detention centre, sparking outrage amongst fellow refugee detainees.

Police say the 26-year-old man collapsed in his room at 6.20pm on Thursday and was taken to Liverpool hospital where he later died.

Officers are investigating the death but say it’s not being treated as suspicious.

But the Refugee Action Coalition said other asylum seekers are angry and upset at the death of the Afghan man.

The Coalition’s spokesman Ian Rintoul said witnesses inside the detention centre saw Serco guards leave the man, known only as “Ali”, on the ground for almost an hour before calling an ambulance.

“The Refugee Action Coalition is demanding a full inquiry into Ali’s death and the allegations that he was left unattended,” Rintoul said. “No one who knew Ali was aware of any pre-existing heart condition.”

Rintoul said Ali was in community detention but brought back into the centre in September last year after allegedly false claims he had been convicted of an offence in Britain.

“Even when a police clearance was obtained from Britain in May this year, the Immigration Department refused to act on it and release him,” he said.

Police will prepare a report for the coroner.

The Department of Immigration said the matter had been referred to police and refused to comment further.