An Iraqi asylum seeker, Ahmad, committed suicide at Villawood detention centre on Monday November 15.
Fellow detainees found the man hanging in a bathroom and took him down. It took 45 minutes for an ambulance to arrive.
Ahmad was 41 years old and had a wife and four children. He’d been in detention, on Christmas Island and in Villawood, for over a year.
He had been rejected twice under off-shore processing arrangements found to be invalid in a recent High Court decision.
“We’re shocked and very upset,” said one detainee, “People are crying. He knew about the High Court [decision] but there is