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Lae District Court Has Adjourned the Trial of Illegal Foreigners to September 19

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.

The men were caught in Lae for breaching Immigration Laws and will now appear on the 19th of September.

Magistrate Kupo adjourned the case yesterday(August 29), after he noted, that the defendants recently changed their Lawyer, who would then need time to familiarize herself with the case.

The prosecutor also told him, that information on one of the charges needed to be changed, due to an additional charge on one of the defendants, Deming Feng.

Kupo says the trial couldn’t continue without a Translator. The four Chinese men don’t understand English and Tok Pisin.

These men originate from Fujian Province, China. They were employed with the Sany Limited Company, a Chinese-owned factory in Lae that produces Lipo Juice and purified water.

Last month, the Lae Police through the assistance of PNG Immigration in Lae, arrested these men on four separate charges, for illegally entering the country.

They were charged for entry into the country without a valid permit or Visa, false information on their entry permit and were in possession of an entry permit, without lawful authority.

The men were released on bail at K700 each three weeks ago, after being remanded at Buimo Jail for two nights.

Meanwhile, their trial has been adjourned to the 19th of September.

Kupo told the prosecutor and the Lawyer, to identify a Chinese who can translate during the trial.


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