Men convicted of Reza Barati murder: ABC

A PNG court has convicted two men of the murder of asylum seeker Reza Barati. (AAP)

A PNG court has convicted two men of the murder of Iranian asylum seeker Reza Barati at the Manus Island detention centre in 2014.

Two men have been found guilty of the murder of asylum seeker Reza Barati at the Manus Island detention centre two years ago.

The ABC said the Papua New Guinea National Court found Joshua Kavulia and Louie Efi guilty of Mr Barati's murder and sentenced them to 10 years, with five suspended.

Mr Barati, 23, from Iran, died after riots inside the Australian-run detention centre on February 17, 2014.

Sentencing trial judge Nicholas Kirriwom said the pair received a lower sentence because other people were involved but had not been charged, the ABC reported.

At least 69 other people were injured in the incident.

Then immigration minister Scott Morrison initially called the riot a disturbance that had caused minor damage.

Details subsequently emerged that PNG locals, riot police and the centre's own security guards had invaded the compound and begun beating refugees.

Kaluvia, a Salvation Army worker at the detention centre, was on the run for five months before his arrest.

A report by former senior public servant Robert Cornall found Mr Barati died after being hit from behind with a heavy stick.

A Senate inquiry blamed the riots on delays in processing asylum seeker claims.

Source AAP

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