30 Dec 2005

PNG Security Council discusses Fiji ex-soldiers' work in Bougainville

1:52 pm on 30 December 2005

Papua New Guinea's National Security Advisory Council is understood to have begun a meeting in the last hour to discuss the fate of three Fijians who've been giving military training to rebels in Bougainville.

The alleged ringleaders are accused of breaching immigration law through their work in the province.

A diplomat involved in the case says the three men, understood to include Freddy Rokodi and Sam Baroi, will either be told to leave voluntarily, or be deported.

They face being classified as prohibited immigrants-meaning they're forbidden from entering PNG for the next five years.

There's still no word on five Fijian ex-soldiers still in Bougainville, where telephone contact couldn't be established with the provincial government.