Manus refugee deported from Fiji

A refugee in Manus who fled to Fiji has been deported from Nadi this morning.

The refugee, Loghman Sawari, 21 from Irania fled to Fiji using a PNG passport and had misleading information on his Immigration Arrival Card.

According to Radio New Zealand International,  Sawari was taken to the Nadi International Airport Departures Area after police and immigration intercepted the vehicle he was in with his lawyer, Aman Ravindra-Singh, this morning.

The pair were to meet with the Immigration Director Nemani Vuniwaqa.

Meanwhile, back home in Papua New Guinea, Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said he was not aware of that refugee travelling to Fiji when asked in Parliament on Thursday.

Oro Governor Garry Juffa asked O’Neill during the Parliament’s Question Time on what actions the Government take to investigate such incident.

“What action is taken to conduct an investigation and highlight the security breaches in this instances, what type of passport he used, I was informed that it was a Papua New Guinean passport.

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill responded: “This relates to a specific person and I am not aware of him even seeking PNG passport, and I will get the minister to investigate and get back to you and report to Parliament.”

The refugee will be arriving in the country via Honiara at around 12:10pm today.



Freddy Mou