Iranian refugee Loghman Sawari who fled PNG granted bail

Iranian refugee Loghman Sawari who fled PNG granted bail

Iranian refugee Loghman Sawari who fled PNG granted bail

Updated 15 February 2017, 19:15 AEDT

Loghman Sawari, the 20-year-old Iranian refugee deported from Fiji to Papua New Guinea, is granted bail by a magistrate in Port Moresby.

The 20-year-old Iranian refugee deported from Fiji to Papua New Guinea has been granted bail by a magistrate in Port Moresby.

Key points:

  • Loghman Sawari was deported from Fiji
  • He was charged with giving false information in his application for a PNG passport
  • Bail conditions include living with a priest and reporting to court weekly

Loghman Sawari has been charged with giving false information in a PNG passport application.

Today the court was told the passport used by Sawari to enter Fiji was confiscated by Fiji immigration authorities.

Magistrate Mark Kalandi ordered the passport be brought back and held by PNG immigration until it is given to the court during Sawari's hearing.

Sawari spent 10 days in Fiji before he was deported on February 3 and detained in a police cell.

Last week the District Court ordered him to be transferred to Bomana prison, outside Port Moresby.

He has been treated in a private hospital for dehydration and mental health issues.

The bail result means he can have access to his doctor and a psychiatrist.

Police prosecutors objected to Sawari's bail application on the grounds they considered him to be a flight risk, and that as a refugee he did not have the right to apply for bail.

The Port Moresby District Court magistrate rejected the submission, saying Sawari's right to apply for bail was enshrined in Papua New Guinea's constitution.

Sawari has been granted bail with strict conditions. He will live with a Catholic priest and is required to report to the court every Monday.

The magistrate said Sawari was not allowed to make any attempts to obtain a passport and could not commit any indictable offences.

Sawari did not comment after the bail hearing.

He will face court again on February 20 for arraignment.