No show by refugee, case adjourned

The Boroko District Court has adjourned the case against Iranian refugee, Mohammad Rezza Najafi Movafagh to next week Monday after his case went for mention today (Wednesday).

 Magistrate Alex Kalandi adjourned the case after the defendant did not turn up in court again today after it was stood over from Tuesday. It is not known if he was informed of his case hearing today. 

The magistrate also instructed prosecution to order the arresting officer in the case to appear next week and explain to the court how the defendant was released on bail of K150.

 Movafagh was arrested on Jan 10 over allegations of being in possession of marijuana.

The 31-year-old Iranian refugee living in Port Moresby was arrested by police for having in his possession two-pack rolls of marijuana without any doctor’s prescription.

He was charged under section 3(1)(d) of the Dangerous Drugs Act, however he is yet to appear in court in person.

The rolls of marijuana were allegedly found in his room on Jan 4 by housekeeping staff at the motel he has been residing in. 

According to Police Summary of facts before the court, the defendant when questioned by police CID Drug Squad on Jan 5, revealed he bought the drugs from a boy in Boroko and consumes it to relieve himself from stress due to his current condition.

He also failed to produce a doctor’s prescription when asked for one by police.

He was flown down from Manus to undergo medical treatment and has been living in a motel in Port Moresby where the drugs were allegedly found in his room.


(Picture source: Ayekoo News..)


Sally Pokiton