Refugee

Refugee to do hard labour for sexual offence

Acting Judge Sinclair Gora on Friday (Sept 27) sentenced Pakistan man, Mohammad Nasir Hussein, a refugee who has been in Manus for the past six years, to six years in jail.

The Lorengau National Court earlier convicted Hussein for the persistent sexual abuse of a victim aged 14 years old in Lorengau.

The Pakistan man had befriended the minor in 2017, and over a period of time was said to have assaulted the girl, which resulted in her parents placing a complaint with police, leading to his arrest.

Pakistani refugee arrested in Manus

Naieeb Khan was arrested and charged with two counts of forgery and uttery.

The Pakistan refugee and a local man employed by JDA as a case worker for refugee were arrested last week after complaints were raised by PNG Immigration and Citizenship Authority.

They alleged both conspired between October 16 to 24, and made false  travel Documents with counterfeit stamp from  PNG Immigration and Citizenship Authority to allow the Refugee Najeeb Khan to travel out from Manus to Port Moresby.

21 refugees flown to Manus

Sixteen were flown to Manus on November 2nd whilst an additional five were repatriated on the 3rd.

Manus Provincial Police Commander Chief Inspector David Yapu confirmed that the 21 refugees are now accommodated at East Lorengau Refugees Transit Centre at Ward 2, whilst 300 men are camped at West Lorengau Refugees Transit Centre at Ward 1.

PPC Yapu also said Police Mobile Squad 19 has been deployed to escort them from Momote Airport to the refugee camps, with the help of PNG Immigration Officers and camp security.

Refugee convicted over sex crimes

On October 26th, 2018, Justice Iova Geita found Muhammad Hussain guilty on two counts of sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl at a lodge in Lorengau on March 2, 2017.

This sex case is just one of those reportedly committed by refugees in Manus against under-aged girls.

While many have gone unreported, this is the first conviction against a refugee for sex crimes against children.

Muhammad Hussain, who was arrested for the offense on March 7 last year, and convicted on Thursday last week, is now awaiting sentence of the National Court for his actions.  

Refugee charged with attempted arson

 24 year old Adam Korwa was charged with attempted arson.

Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu said the Sudanese refugee allegedly had an argument with Paladin Security Guards on September 17 over the West Lorengau Refugee transit center Centre Rules, before threatening to burn down the building.  

He later set alight his beddings in his room which was put out by other refugees.

The matter was reported to Police by PNG Immigration officers which resulted in the arrest of Adam Korwa, on Friday September 21.

Refugee arrested over sexual offences

A 28-year-old Afghan who sexually assaulted a 14-year-old primary school student in Lorengau between June 19 and 27 at a lodge, has been arrested for persistent sexual abuse.

PPC Manus Chief Inspector David Yapu said the refugee was arrested on Friday and has been locked up at the police cells.

Yapu issued a warning yet again to parents of young girls in the province to look after their daughters to ensure they are not lured by refugees for money or goods for such immoral acts.

He condemned the actions of the refugee, describing it as animalistic and cruel.

Refugee dies after jumping off bus

The 54-year-old refugee, from Myanmar, was travelling in the bus shuttle from the refugee campsite at West Lorengau, Ward 1, towards Lorengau town, when he jumped out the door.

Manus provincial police commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu, said the guard from Paladin Security, who was providing escort, attempted to stop him from jumping off the bus but was unsuccessful.

He said the refugee died instantly after landing to the rear left of the bus. His head was squashed after the wheels ran over him.

Manus police arrest refugee over property damage

PPC Manus chief inspector David Yapu said the refugee, named Ali Reza Razmi Zirakan, aged 41, was drunk and insulted the victim and damaged their property.

The incident occurred on Saturday night (April 21) at Katen Tingou upper ward 5, Lorengau town.

The victim was offended by such abusive words referring to her private parts and reported the matter to Police, which resulted in Zirakan’s arrest.

PPC Yapu once again warned the refugees who are married to local women and living with them in the community to respect the community and abide with the laws of PNG.

Refugee involved in fight with soldiers: Police

Manus Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu, said the refugee was armed with a small knife when he tried to attack a soldier where a fight took place at 4pm.

He said other soldiers came to their comrade’s assistance while bystanders came to help the refugee.

Police arrived at the scene and dispersed the crowd, containing what could have been a nasty situation. 

Yapu said no one was seriously hurt or injured but warned people to respect the rights and freedom of refugees moving around in the town.

Refugees’ water tanks emptied

Officials entered Oscar and Delta compounds of the Manus detention and began emptying the tanks and turning over the water bins being used by refugees to collect rain water the last 10 days.

This has led to condemnation by the Refugee Action Coalition.

“Everyone in the tropics knows how precious water is and how quickly dehydration can become a serious medical issue. Denied water and with medical help sometimes delayed for hours, refugee lives are being put at risk,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition.