Fiji Authorities Deport Iranian Refugee Who Escaped PNG's Manus Island

Man was intercepted on his way to meet with Director of Immigration; lawyer says

By Repeka Nasiko and Nasik Swami

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, Feb. 3, 2017) – Iranian national Loghman Sawari has been deported back to Papua New Guinea.

His lawyer Aman Ravindra-Singh confirmed the pair was intercepted by Police at Korotogo in Sigatoka at 7.30am today while on their way to Suva for a scheduled meeting with Director of Immigration Nemani Vuniwaqa.

[PIR editor's note: On Feb. 3, 2017 Fiji Times reported that 'Police were not involved in the detainment and deportation of 21-year-old Iranian Loghman Sawari. ... She added all investigations were handled by the Immigration Department.' On Feb. 3, 2017 RNZI reported that 'The lawyer for a young Iranian asylum seeker who was deported by Fiji police today says he fears for the life of his client. ... Along with his lawyer, Aman Ravindra-Singh, he was on his way to meet with the immigration department in Suva this morning when their vehicle was intercepted by police. ... Mr Ravindra-Singh said the police were very aggressive and bundled Mr Sawari into a car. ... He said he understood his client was put on a plane back to PNG, where he will return to a dangerous situation.']

He said his client was transported in a Police vehicle to the Nadi International Airport and had boarded a flight bound for Papua New Guinea.

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