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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Nov. 19) – A Pakistani who was previously acquitted of an aircraft incident charge in Papua New Guinea is back in police custody.

Police said they took arrested Asif Saleem Almas and two of his associates. They are in police custody awaiting possible deportation.

A senior police officer said the action was taken by the Foreign Affairs and Immigration Department.

He said documents for their deportation were ready and they would be deported soon.

Another senior police officer said there were other people Foreign Affairs had marked for deportation.

He said Mr Asif was alleged to have been involved in some alleged fraud offences.

Police alleged that on August 15, 2001, Mr Asif checked in with the Air Niugini officials at Jackson’s airport but immigration authorities noticed his lack of residency status and cancelled his entry permit.

After much argument, he was allowed to board the plane, but allegations were made by officials about his behavior at the airport. This led to the charge which was later dismissed.

Police reports showed Mr Asif had entered the country in 1999 on a tourist visa from Singapore, left and later returned to work with different companies without proper work and employment permits.

Police reports also showed that he was arrested in October last year for allegedly making illegal power connections.

November 22, 2004

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