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Sawari’s Bail Application Adjourned For the Third Time

The Boroko District Court has for the third time, adjourned the bail application hearing, of an asylum seeker charged for Falsifying Information.

This afternoon, the accused, Loghman Sawari was told in court, his bail application will be heard tomorrow afternoon, because of the Notice of Service, which was only filed yesterday afternoon.

This notice means, the police prosecution has up to 72 hours to respond to the application.

The 21-year-old accused appeared in court, from a private hospital, but under police custody.

Sawari’s lawyer, Loani Henao, was supposed to apply for bail on medical grounds.

However, police prosecution objected to the bail application, saying the Notice of Service was only filed yesterday, and they needed more time to prepare their objections.

Police prosecution informed the courts, that Sawari was receiving medical treatment without the knowledge of concerned authorities.

Henoa rebutted that submission and told magistrate Kalandi that Sawari was transported to a private hospital, under police escort from Waigani Police Station.

Henao also told the courts, that despite a request for police to escort Sawari back to the hospital yesterday, they were told there were no police officers available to assist his client.

Magistrate Kalandi then questioned police prosecution, on why there was no police escort provided because Sawari was still under police custody.

The first adjournment came after Boroko District Court magistrate, Maristella Painap, learnt in court that the name written on Sawari’s village on the Information Sheet was incorrect.

Yesterday, police prosecution told Sawari’s lawyer that there was magistrate present to hear the bail application, and certain court documents were not filed at the Boroko District Court Registry, in order for the bail application to be heard.

Police alleged that Sawari used false information in July 2016, and obtained travel documents. He flew to Fiji last month, using those travel documents but was deported to Papua New Guinea last Friday.

Following the adjournment of his bail application, Sawari was taken to the Boroko Police Station cells where he will be remanded until his case returns to court tomorrow.

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