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KOROR, Palau (Marianas Variety/ Palau Horizon, Dec. 27) - The Supreme Court’s trial division has ordered the deportation of a Japanese national found to be overstaying in Palau.

Kunio Ichiki was ordered to depart Palau on Dec. 30 after he pleaded guilty to one count of unlawfully remaining in the country.

Joe Giramur, Bureau of Immigration officer, said Ichiki’s contract worker’s permit expired last July 3.

Giramur said two days later, the bureau told Ichiki to leave Palau. He, however, refused to comply with the notice, Giramur said.

The matter was referred to the Attorney General’s Office, which then filed charges against Ichiki.

Giramur said the Division of Labor earlier issued a citation against Ichiki after he was found to be employed by another company.

Ichiki was sentenced to one year of imprisonment, which was suspended after he entered into a plea agreement with the AG’s office.

Overstaying aliens in Palau face a maximum sentence of up to two years imprisonment and a fine of up to $500 or both.

December 27, 2002

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