Warrant of arrest out for two Asylum seekers

A warrant of Arrest has been issued by the Lorengau District court for two Iranian Asylum Seekers who failed to appear in court for mention today (Wednesday).

Senior Magistrate Josephine Nidu issued the warrant of arrest for 26-year-old Mehdi Bohlouli and 28-year-old Mahbomb Rabbani Mohammad.

Both men were arrest on Jan 1, 2017 after they were picked up by police on New Year Eve at Salasia village near Lorengau.

They were charged with drunk and disorderly behaviour and resisting police arrest. They have been on bail of K200 each, however that bail has been forfeited.

Acting Provincial Police Commander Senior Inspector David Yapu said he has directed his officers to execute the warrants of arrest and have them locked up.

The frustrated PPC said those two Iranian men made serious allegations against his men saying police bashed them up and should have appeared in court today to explain their side of the story.

Meanwhile, the three refugees who were also arrested for being drunk and were causing a nuisance in Lorengau appeared in court today where they pleaded guilty to the charge.

They are Bangladesh men 24-year-old Haider Khan and 26-year-old Noor Alam and Burma man Iran Mohammed who is 22-years-old.

Submissions on their respective penalties in relation to this charge will be heard when they next return to court.

The men were arrested on the evening of Jan 2, at Lorengau town, in front of the Splendid shop.

PPC Yapu said the three refugees however pleaded not guilty to the charge of resisting police arrest. Their case has been adjourned to this Friday where a trial is expected to be conducted on their second charge.

They remain on extended bail of K300 each.


(Loop PNG file picture of Lorengau Court house.)



Sally Pokiton