9 Sep 2015

Another man deported from Nauru

2:24 pm on 9 September 2015

The Nauru Government, criticised last week by New Zealand for its human rights abuses, has deported another foreign national.

The removal of a Chinese businessman follows a series of deportations last year including that of an expatriate judge.

Ma Dong is married to a Nauruan woman, and is a father of four with one on the way.

The long time resident and speaker of Nauruan was removed last Sunday without any explanation and just four days notice.

His wife and children remain on the island.

A letter signed by the Border Control Minister, David Adeang, said he was being removed under the Immigration Act, and told to co-operate.

The Nauruan Government is not responding to our requests for an explanation but the police commissioner, Corey Caleb, says he was accused of importing drugs.

He would not say why Ma Dong was not charged and allowed to stand trial.

A businessman on Nauru Doneke Kepae says the police are using the deportation to intimidate him as he is a colleague of Ma Dong's.

He says he has been involved in the anti-government protests and is fearful for his, and the country's future under the current government.