21 Feb 2008

PNG deports Australian man on bail

4:39 pm on 21 February 2008

Papua New Guinea authorities have deported an Australian man who was facing charges of firing a gun in a public place.

Philip Tan was flown to Brisbane after illegally entering PNG six months ago.

Mr Tan was on police bail to appear in court on March th 4th for allegedly firing a gun near a car yard in Port Moresby.

The newspaper, The National, says he was accused of discharging four shots at some men last January when these men came after him to get their property back.

Police were tipped off that Mr Tan had illegally entered the country through the help of a foreign affairs officer and a forged work visa.

Immigration officers have told the newspaper they will advise police prosecutors to dismiss his court case as he is now no longer in PNG.