By Julie Badui Owa – EMTV News, Lae
The Lae District Court has adjourned the trial of the four Chinese men who entered the country illegally for the third time in two months.
This time their Lawyer was not prepared to proceed with the case. She said the still needed time to understand the case.
The men are from Fujian Province in China and were arrested by Police in Lae two months ago for breaching Immigration Laws.
They are still out on bail and will appear in court on the 17th of October.
On Wednesday, 29 August, Magistrate Edward Kupo adjourned the case to the 19th of September due to the need of a translator because the four Chinese men couldn’t speak English and Tok Pisin.
Magistrate Kupo was also told by the Prosecutor that information on one of the charges needed to be changed due to an additional charge on one of the defendant, Deming Feng.
The defendants Lawyer from Warner Shand Lawyers who recently took up the case from another Lawyer, didn’t sight the changes made and requested further adjournment.
These men are from Fujian Province in China. They were employed at a fruit juice factory in Lae trading as Sany Food Limited that produces Lipo Juice.
They were arrested by Police through the assistance of the Immigration and Citizenship Authority in July on four separate charges.
They were charged for illegal entry without valid permit or VISA and false information on their entry permit. They were also in possession of an entry permit without lawful authority.
These four Chinese men were released on bail at K700 each almost two months ago. They are still out on bail.
This is the third time Lae District Court has adjourned the case. The men will appear in court on the 17th of October this year.