DEPORTATIONGATE: Fiji's Walter Mitty law enforcer Aiyaz Khaiyum and the UNHCR in Geneva should have told Papua New Guinea to make a formal request for Sawari's extradition, for he committed no crime in Fiji
And Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry, who was calling for the arrest and deportation of Loghman Sawari to Papua New Guinea, should have instead called on Sawari to be subjected to the due process of Fijian and international refugee law. The NFP and SODELPA should have done the same. There was no obligation on Sawari's part to apply for political asylum immediately or ten days later, as argued by Khaiyum. Sawari had entered Fiji on a genuine PNG passport (even though he had obtained it fraudulently, and understandably) and was granted a four month visa. In any case, as Sawari's lawyer Aman Ravindra-Singh pointed out, they had to wait for documents from Australia and Papua New Guinea before heading for Suva to keep appointment with Fiji's Director of Immigration. But Sawari was ambushed, arrested, and deported to PNG. He was not even allowed to take his bundle of possessions back to PNG where he fled from - and is now held in a cell awaiting his next fate
Fijileaks to Mahendra Chaudhry: Sawari did not enter Fiji illegally; he entered on a genuine PNG passport which he had allegedly obtained fraudulently, to escape Australia's brutal gulag - the Manus Island Detention Centre which is manned by PNG in exchange for
And, like Chaudhry and his Indo-Fijian victims, Sawari's only crime is he is an Ahwazi Arab, an ethnic minority in Iran that faces significant, often violent, political persecution at the hands of the Iranian state, as well as discrimination over employment, language, housing and civil rights. [Khaiyum and FijiFirst remind us everyday that Fiji is now practising equal citizenry and non-discrimination]. Ahwazi Arabs in Iran are routinely hanged. Sawari fled Iran at his mother’s urging after his two brothers were imprisoned and tortured by the country’s theocratic regime and a cousin was publicly hanged for his opposition to the government. Sawari carries a picture with him of his defiant relative kissing the hangman’s rope as it is fastened around his neck. Unfortunately, Sawari was not secretly given $2million to relocate with his family to AUSTRALIA. He ended up being locked up at the notorious Manus Island Detention Centre despite being a child at the time of his detention. There can never be two rules: one sauce for the goose and another sauce for the gander
WELCOME TO PAPUA NEW GUINEA FROM FIJI, LOGHAMAN SAWARI
5/2/2017 11:22:27 am
Mahendra Chaudhary is just as Despicable as Khaiyum!
5/2/2017 05:33:00 pm
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5/2/2017 09:46:58 pm
That picture of Mass hanging is pretty gruesome... distressing.
6/2/2017 01:58:04 am
6/2/2017 06:39:16 am
You may rest assured, Refugee,that those who turn their back - literally and not figuratively - to the Truth of the Matter would never consider a feigned attempt to speak frankly to Iran. Perjured evidence witnessed in the Sigatoka Court in November 2011 in front of the Senior Nadi Magistrate and related to Organised Crime was of little or no consequence despite an Order of the Court for immediate Police investigation. Turning-the-back-to-the-Truth when dutifully offered is an experience not to be taken lightly. It lives on in perpetuity. The victims of unsolved and almost forgotten murder cases going back to 2005 in Nadi require redress. Their families require answers as to why the insult of such violence has received such a paltry response? Not even the courtesy of a face-to-face exchange.
6/2/2017 05:59:58 pm
Read the Refugee Convention. The Iranian is no refugee. He should have sought asylum in the first country he arrived at after fleeing his homeland
7/2/2017 04:57:00 am
It is comforting to know that lawyer Mr Ravindra-Singh will make the effort to take Sawari's personal effects to him in PNG and that he will liaise with the lawyer appointed to represent him in Court. Surely this should have been done by Fiji authorities as a bare minimum in liaison with UNHCR? There is always a risk associated with such cases that the person may be other than he appears to be. Common sense should tell us that. However, cherry-picking islands in the face of unconscionable hardship is understandable in view of maybe years of harsh, inhumane treatment in a state globally known to sponsor terror means that very careful and at all times circumspect handling should be in place. Was this so? Is it the norm? If not, WHY not?
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