Two Indonesian students charged with illegal entry – West Papua/PNG

Gabriel Fito: 17/1/08

Two university students from the West Papua province of Indonesia were convicted and sentenced to two months in prison by the Vanimo District Court last week. Senior provincial magistrate Thomas Morabang told The National that the duo from Tigi village travelled into PNG on a motorbike through the border post at Wutung undetected but police managed to catch up with them at Vanimo and arrest them. They were arrested and charged with entering PNG without valid documents on Jan 4. They appeared before the Vanimo District Court and were found guilty as charged and ordered to pay K1,000 each in default two months in prison.


Illegal aliens protected
Politicians and big-time businessmen are among those protecting illegal immigrants, it has been revealed. And as a result, Papua New Guinea cannot effectively carry out its overdue deportation operations. This is the word from the Foreign Affairs office which also said operations were seriously hindered by government authorities including employees working in the department, disciplinary forces, parliament and private citizens. The office could not disclose the names and the number of illegal aliens who had been marked to be deported but Foreign Affairs confirmed the number was huge and they were spread out in centres such as Port Moresby, Kimbe, Lae, Mount Hagen, Goroka, Southern Highlands, Vanimo, Gulf, Western, Milne Bay, Bougainville and East New Britain.
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