Refugee faces charges over Papua New Guinea camp blaze

An Indian man who set fire to his room at a refugee camp in Papua New Guinea faces charges of arson and attempted suicide, police have said.

Punjabi asylum seeker Ravinder Singh, aged in his 30s, locked himself in a shipping container room at the camp on Manus Island on Friday and started a blaze that engulfed two other rooms. Mr Singh, who sustained burns to his face and right hand, has been questioned by police and will be charged. He is one of several hundred men sent to the island by Australia under its offshore processing regime.

Grahame White