Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister Rimbink Pato

Pato confirms deportation of Iranian refugee

“Fiji has deported this person on the basis that his passport was invalid, as is their right. We will receive him and take the necessary steps to ensure that he is properly questioned and, if appropriate, brought before the courts, noting he is a refugee who has also had mental health issues,” stated Pato.

“The PNG immigration and Citizenship Service Authority is taking steps to tighten the assessment of passport and travel document applications, including additional checks around identity.

Pato acknowledges passing of refugee

27-year-old Sudanese refugee, Faysal Ishak Ahmed, died in a Brisbane hospital on Dec 24, 2016.

“The refugee had been transferred to PNG under the Regional Resettlement Arrangement with Australia in 2013, and had been residing at the Manus Regional Processing Centre,” Minister Rimbink Pato said in a statement.

Pato said Faysal fell at the processing centre after having a fit and was seriously injured.

He was immediately taken to the centre’s medial facility for urgent examination by international health and medical services staff.

PNG’s diplomatic ties ‘fruitful’

Acting Foreign Affairs Secretary, William Dihm, said this success has resulted in stronger connections which will lead to positive results.

He stated this during the briefing of the diplomatic community on the 2017 General Elections and APEC 2018 yesterday.

“We’ve had a fruitful year and we (now) have stronger connection. And I think it’s a win-win situation for your side and our side by having that kind of benefit,” said Dihm.

New bridge for Tsak valley

The 30,000 people living in Tsak valley are now enjoying a better and upgraded road network which has been impassable over the years, thus reducing travelling time to and from Wapenamanda.

Last Friday, the Ambassador for Japan, His Excellency Morio Matasumoto and his delegation, accompanied by the Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister and Member for Wapenamanda, Rimbink Pato, inspected the bridge and other project sites in the electorate.

The people from surrounding areas, including public servants, came in numbers to witness the occasion.

'Mentally unstable’ asylum seeker violent, claims MP

Knight says the asylum seeker has been roaming around Lorengau town and has become violently aggressive towards the locals.

Knight alleges the individual is mentally unstable and is a risk to the community at large.

“He assaulted several people in the town, including another asylum seeker,” said Knight.

Knight is calling on authorities to take the necessary steps to deal with the unstable asylum seeker.

Knight said: “I am asking the authorities to show us the procedures to be taken in this instance, who is responsible for this illegal alien?”

Court asked to dismiss Asylum seekers case

Lawyer representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Immigration Rimbink Pato and the Chief Migration Officer, Mataio Rabura moved an application before a three-judge Supreme Court bench today, seeking the dismissal of the case which the Asylum seekers filed last year.