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Greens join calls for prison death inquiry

AAP logoAAP 26/09/2016

The Greens have joined calls for an independent investigation into the death of an Aboriginal man who died after a violent altercation with guards at an Adelaide prison.

Major crime detectives are investigating the death of the 29-year-old who was on remand and was being prepared for a court appearance by video link on Friday when the incident occurred.

Police are also preparing a report for the state coroner, who will hold an inquest.

The Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement has already called for an independent inquiry and was joined by Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young on Monday.

Senator Hanson-Young says the case is tragic and demands more than a police investigation.

"What we need is a rigorous independent investigation to get to the bottom of exactly what happened here," Senator Hanson-Young said.

South Australian opposition correctional services spokesman Dan van Holst Pellekaan said he was confident the coroner would examine the death as quickly as possible.

"Everybody who has any interest in this case whatsoever should have complete confidence that the coroner will, as he has in the past, shine a light onto this issue and expose any shortcomings in the system," he said.

But Mr van Holst Pellekaan has raised concerns over the government's selective release of information on incidents in SA prisons.

He says no details of a serious incident, which involved the attempted escape of two inmates from the Port Augusta jail last week, were released.

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