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3 more Refugees arrested on Manus Island

FOLLOWING the recent issue of the three Iranian asylum seekers being held by police in Manus, another three refugees have been arrested and charged by police on Monday night.

The three men were arrested and charged for drunk and disorderly behavior and causing nuisance on a public street in Lorengau township. Provincial Police Commander Senior Inspector David Yapu said the three were arrested and locked up in police cells.

Mr Yapu said he will not tolerate such behavior and nonsense from foreigners stressing that the law is for everyone to abide by and not to be abused. The three refugees are Haider Khan aged 24 of Bangladesh, Iran Mohammed, 22 of Burma and Noor Alam, 26 years from Bangladesh. They have been released on police bail of K300 each and will appear in Lorengau District court on January 6. Mr Yapu has raised his concern on such behavior saying they must respect the local communities and the laws of the country and should not act above the law and cause problems, otherwise the police will deal with them .

 He said Manus Province is a quiet and peaceful province and he expects everyone to behave and conduct their normal day to day activities without fear, threats or intimidation. With a total of about 800 asylum seekers and refugees on the island, this is a number that the police in Manus cannot attend to if anything else happens. He said his 50 police officers are outnumbered by the asylum seekers and foreigners in the province. He expressed disappointment over the two incidents that occurred consecutively. Post Courier / ONEPNG

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