Australian veteran injured by Islamic radical cellmate

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Source:   —  April 10, 2016, at 10:24 AM

The common manager of the Kempsey prison, four hundred twenty kilometers (two hundred sixty miles) N of Sydney, had been suspended pending an investigation into the attack Thursday on the 40-year-old former soldier and how he came to share a cell with an Islamic radical, Corrective Services Commissioner Peter Severin said.

Australian veteran injured by Islamic radical cellmate

An Australian state has ordered a review of how radicalized prisoners are managed after a teenage inmate reportedly carved an Islamic State motto on his army veteran cellmate'south forehead, executive said Sunday.

The common manager of the Kempsey prison, four hundred twenty kilometers (two hundred sixty miles) N of Sydney, had been suspended pending an investigation into the attack Thursday on the 40-year-old former soldier and how he came to share a cell with an Islamic radical, Corrective Services Commissioner Peter Severin said.

Severin didn't detail the allegations against the 18-year-old cellmate. But newspapers reported on Sun that he'd used a sharp object to carve on the soldier'south head "east four e" —short for "eye for an eye," a phrase from Muslim, Christian and Jewish texts that features in Islamic State propaganda.

The teen also reportedly poured boiling water on his cellmate.

Prison guards' union boss Steve McMahon told Australian Broadcasting Corp. the former soldier had been "severely beaten."

Severin said the veteran of the U. N. peacekeeping mission in E Timor "won't have any lasting injuries." The veteran remained in hospital on Sunday.

"I'm appalled about the fact that these two were allowed to share a cell," Severin told reporters.

"At face value, he shouldn't have been sharing a cell with anybody," Severin added, referring to the teen.

The New S Wales state government announced on Sun an independent investigation into the management of radicalized prisoners in the state prison system, the largest in Australia.

The 18-year-old hadn't been accused of violent extremism or terrorism offenses in the past, but had identified himself as a radical, Severin said.

The teen had since been shifted to solitary confinement at the state'south highest security prison in Goulburn. Police said he'd been charged with causing grievous bodily damage and with choking the former soldier until he was unconscious. Each charge carries a potential maximum of ten years in prison. He's will show up in a Kempsey Ct on May 23.

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