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PNG man fighting deportation from Australia to help imprisoned son

PNG man fighting deportation from Australia to help imprisoned son

Updated 10 January 2013, 10:28 AEDT

A Papua New Guinean man is racing against the clock to stay in the country as he fights to overturn his son's murder conviction.

The man's son was a teenager when he was found guilty of killing a Newcastle man in 2005 and sentenced to a maximum 22 years prison. The family's been fighting the case ever since. But now the man's visa's expired and he might have to go back home without his son.

Presenter: Nancy Notzon

Speaker: John, PNG man

NOTZON.The man we'll call John fights back tears when he talks about his son.

JOHN. I think we've been fighting this case for the last 7 years. We want the truth to be told.

NOTZON His son, whom we can't name, was sentenced to a maximum 22 years jail after he was convicted of murdering an airforce technician in Newcastle in 2005. He was a teenager at the time. His father, John, lost an appeal against the conviction in the High Court but now says he's got new evidence and wants the case to be reopened. But his time could be up after his visa expired and he faces deportation back to Papua New Guinea. He's asking for more time as his wife's papers are sorted out.

JOHN. We've got employer's sponsorship arrangement that is being looked at the moment, as we are speaking. And people are trying their best to get those forms in to the immigration department and we just need a little bit of time, at least maybe three weeks, four weeks or even a month

NOTZON. John says PNG has helped Australia with the Manus Island asylum seeker centre and he wants the same treatment.

JOHN. "If Papua New Guinea can be able to clean up your mess of immigration matters using one of my islands look all we're asking is a bit more time.

NOTZON. If things were different, John would go back to PNG but he says he can't leave his son.

JOHN. I truly don't want to leave her in Australia. I've got better things to do back home where I'm most needed up there. But, then at the same time I cannot leave or go without my son who is behind bars.

NOTZON. He's gone as far to tell his story to the PNG prime minister, Peter O'Neill.

JOHN. "For as long as my son is held here it is pretty for us to leave him behind and I'm talking with my Government back home to see if they can push for a review".

NOTZON. The immigration department says it's doing all it can to keep John and his family in the country. They're encouraging him to get professional help from a migration agent who'll be able to help him apply for valid visas. Deported or not, John's fight seems far from over.

JOHN. We want the truth to be told, that's the bottom line.

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