No approach yet from Iranian refugee

By: Stella Taoi


ImmigrationThe Iranian refugee who arrived in the country last week seeking asylum has yet to meet with the Fiji Immigration Department.

Director of Immigration Nemani Vuniwaqa told Fiji One News that no approach has been made by 21 year old Loghman Sawari who fled to Fiji from Papua New Guinea.

Vuniwaqa said they are expecting an appeal from the Iranian national and his lawyer to discuss his situation before dealing with the issues at hand.

Under the Fiji Immigration Act 2003, a claim for asylum can be made and will be determined by the Permanent Secretary

Speaking to Fiji One News today, Sawari says he is waiting advice on his lawyer Aman Ravindra Singh to further his asylum status appeal with the Immigration department.

Sawari who was detained on Manus Island as a child, escaped Papua New Guinea last week.

He arrived on a flight into Nadi late last week, on false documentation hoping to seek refuge.

Sawari who first arrived in Australia on a boat was sent to PNG as a 17 year old and has lived in the country for almost 3 years.

He claims he was beaten, left without medical treatment and abused by authorities during his time in PNG.

He says he is currently in Nadi, living with a family until he presents himself to local authorities.

Fiji has in the recent past granted asylum to refugees.

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