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Friday, August 31, 2007

PNG government gets ready to deport barred Solomon Islander

The Solomon Islander declared barred from entering Papua New Guinea was allowed to board a plane from Honiara to return to Port Moresby because he had approval papers from Foreign Affairs executives, Solomon Islands Foreign Affairs officials said yesterday.

The banned man presented documents showing his ban was lifted including approval papers from the Solomon Islands and PNG Government.

Foreign Affairs in PNG yesterday could not comment further on the issue however said that deportation papers were now being prepared to get the person out of Papua New Guinea.

The Solomon Islands Immigration (airport officials) yesterday confirmed they were issued an order not to uplift a certain person (named). They however said yesterday that the person concerned turned up at the check-in counter with papers from the PNG Foreign Affairs, especially the Immigration and the PNG and Solomon Islands Government.

The papers the person presented also included one that stated the ban on his travel to PNG had been lifted.

“We only acted because he had with him papers from the PNG and Solomon Islands Government, one of which included his ban being lifted,” the immigration officials said.

Foreign Affairs officials in Port Moresby however said preparations for the deportation were underway.

Source: Post Courier

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