East Lorengau Transit Centre

Police: Refugee was moved, not arrested

Reports of Boochani’s alleged arrest were shared on social media from refugees and asylum seekers at Lombrum, just before lunch today.

It was even reported by various international media organisations.   

However, Manus Provincial Police Commander Chief Inspector David Yapu clarified with this newsroom that Boochani was taken by officials on a bus from the decommissioned site to the new site. 

He says Boochani was found hiding in a room and escorted into a bus.