Cairo: A Lebanese asylum seeker, who spent four years in offshore detention on Manus Island, was involuntarily deported late last week to Beirut. Bahaa Trad, 33, was offered $30,000 by Australian immigration officials to voluntarily leave but refused and was deported. "I arrived in Beirut wearing shorts because it all happened so quick. It was so cold that even Lebanese customs offered to give me pants. Can you believe it I didn't have time to pack pants?" he told Fairfax Media from an undisclosed location in Lebanon, fearing for his safety. Trad says he spent a night in a squalid cell in Lorengau Prison on Manus Island, alongside hardened criminals, and was left without food or water for 24 hours. "They just grabbed me and placed me in a cell and I couldn't protest so I just slept on a filthy floor. It's as if I was a terrorist to be treated inhumanely like this," he said. "They [Australian immigration officers] are monsters with no rhyme or reason." Trad was then issued a travel document by the Lebanese embassy in Canberra, which he was not allowed to carry, in lieu of a passport. He claims the passport had been lost in the ocean as he sought asylum several years ago. He boarded the taxpayer-funded flight involuntarily on March 16. His ticket, seen by Fairfax Media, was billed to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. He was handcuffed briefly but says he was extremely distraught and on the verge of self-harm. He pleaded with the accompanying immigration officer on his flights via Doha and Singapore to remove them. On the journey, Trad claims that he was harassed into signing a document by the accompanying officer without being privy to its contents. He refused. "He tried to give me money when I arrived in Lebanon telling me that I needed to sign a receipt for it - I brushed him off because he still wanted me to sign this unknown document." He described a harrowing four years in the detention centre on Manus Island, which has been internationally criticised for repeated human rights violations. A recent survey found most Australians overwhelmingly believe that the cruel treatment of refugees in offshore detention centres should end. The United Nations refugee agency was alarmed last month at the increased pace of deportations with two Nepali men forced to return to their country of origin. Up to 60 asylum seekers from various countries including Lebanon are reportedly slated for deportation. "I am worried about my friends and what will happen to them," Trad added. Azzam al-Sheikh, a friend of Trad's who is currently on Manus Island, distressingly told Fairfax Media by phone on Monday "they are targeting us Lebanese. We all have appointments with the authorities." At his appointment on Tuesday morning, he was offered $25,000 to return to Lebanon voluntarily or go to another country where he has relatives. He was told flights would be arranged for him. He was given no deadline to make a decision, but another detainee was given seven months to consider his options, he said. Sheikh said his asylum claim was rejected about a year ago with no specific reason given. He said a country threat assessment, a standard procedure to process a claim, was not conducted in his case. The 29-year old claims that prior to his appointment, immigration officers told him and 12 other Lebanese asylum seekers that travel documents were being prepared for their imminent departure. He also noted that three had voluntarily asked to be returned to their countries of origin. It is unclear what their nationalities were. "I rang the Lebanese embassy in Canberra to check for myself and they confirmed that travel documents with our names were being handed over to Australian authorities. This is baffling because we never asked for them," Sheikh said. "I don't care about the money being offered. I told them [immigration officers] point blank even if they offer $1 million, I can't go back home because I'll be dead." Reuters reported last month that Bangladeshi and Nepalese asylum seekers on Manus Island were being repeatedly called to meet with Australian officials and pressured to take amounts of up to $25,000 to return to those countries, or face deportation. There have been few cases where asylum seekers have voluntarily chosen to resettle elsewhere such as Cambodia under a $55 million deal between Australia and the Cambodian government. Only four detainees took that option - all but one Rohingya man from Myanmar have returned to their countries of origin. Immigration department chief Michael Pezzullo confirmed earlier this week that asylum seekers were given the option of settling in Cambodia if they were not being selected to the United States, as part of a deal with former president Barack Obama to resettle up to 1250 asylum seekers detained in Nauru and Manus Island. Fairfax Media asked the Department of Immigration &amp; Border Protection about Trad's deportation and officials' meetings with the other Lebanese asylum seekers. A department official replied "these are matters for the government of Papua New Guinea". A report from UNICEF and Save the Children estimated that the offshore detention program had cost nearly $10 billion over the previous three years. "It's like they're working in a mafia striking deals that put our safety in jeopardy. Where's international law in all of this? You must have an agreement with my country to guarantee my protection. You stole four years of my life imprisoning me and now suddenly you are sending me back," Sheikh added. He says he would be in danger if deported involuntarily. "They are sending us to our deaths over there. Just leave us in this prison like the others." There are more than 800 asylum seekers in detention on Manus Island. Last year, Papua New Guinea's Supreme Court ruled the camp was illegal and needed to be shut down. Trad is anxious about his movements in Lebanon shuttling hurriedly in the dead of night between safe houses and spending most hours of the day indoors. He told Fairfax Media the same political reasons that drove him to seek asylum were still at play and that he was planning his escape once more. With the civil war raging in neighbouring Syria, Lebanon has been the recipient of the spillover violence across its fragile border. "I want to leave the country again. The Australian authorities have put me in a tough position, either I die here or I go back to Manus where we were treated like animals." He enumerated the psychological toll of detention over four years and how it still paled to the fears for his safety in his home country. "For four years I was not a human, I was a number. They made me forget my name. I was LAL-072." "That's the number if you want to eat, that's the number if you want toothpaste, that's the number if you want shampoo, that's the number if you go to class," he added. "That number is my life".