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Sawari’s case adjourned for the second time

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Loghman Sawari, the asylum seeker who was charged for falsifying information, has expressed disappointment, on what had appeared as another adjournment to his bail application, and arraignment hearing.

The 21-year-old Iranian, was supposed to have his case heard by the Boroko District court this afternoon, however, that did not happen.

Police prosecution, told Sawari and his lawyer, that there was no magistrate present to hear the applications.

Sawari’s case was adjourned to this afternoon because the arresting office, wrote the incorrect name of Sawari’s village on the Information Sheet, which was presented to the Boroko District Court yesterday.

Magistrate Maristella Painap upon learning that the village name was incorrect, she instructed the police prosecution to confirm Sawari’s village name before she could read out the allegation.

Sawari was charged with Falsifying Information. Police alleged that he used false information to obtain travel documents from the Immigrations and Citizenship Authority Services in July 2016.

Sawari then used the travel documents and traveled to Fiji last month. However, he was deployed to Papua New Guinea last Friday.

This afternoon, Sawari appeared with his lawyer, Loani Henao. However, they were told to return tomorrow because certain court documents were not filed at the District Court Registry.

Henoa told media personnel; they will be pleading not guilty to the charge and will be applying for bail when the case returns to court.

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