Bail allowed for Sawari

Bail of K1,000 has been allowed by the Boroko District Court for Iranian refugee, Loghman Sawari.

Magistrate Alex Kalandi granted bail to the defendant after he spent five nights in remand at the Bomana Correctional Institute.

His lawyer Loani Henao is now arranging payment of bail to be paid before his client can be released from the District Court precinct.

His guarantor Father Francis Xavier of the St Joseph’s parish will pay a fee of K500. He has been ordered to make sure Sawari complies to all his bail conditions. He will also accomodate Sawari in Port Moresby until his case is fully dealt by the court.

Sawari has been restrained from further acts of obtaining another passport. He is not to commit another offense, not to leave NCD without leave of the court and not to interfere with any state witness.

The passport he used to leave PNG is currently in Fiji and the court ordered that it be returned to PNG.  It will be held by the custody of the PNG Immigration office till it is handed over to the court.

He was deported to PNG with a Certificate of Identification.

Sawari's case is adjourned to next week Monday. He is expected to be arraigned then.

He was arrested by police after he was deported from Fiji on Feb 3.

His lawyer filed a bail application on Feb 8 which was heard in court on Feb 10.

The 21-year-old was arrested and charged for falsifying passport documents under section 16 (1) the Passport Act of 1982.

He allegedly used a false identification to obtain travel documents which he used to leave PNG for Fiji.

Sawari arrived in PNG from Christmas Island in 2013 as a 17 year old seeking Asylum. He was processed in Manus and given a refugee status.


(Sawari in a police vehicle on his way to Bomana outside Port Moresby after his bail application was moved in court last Friday. Loop PNG Picture by Kennedy Bani.)





Sally Pokiton