27 Feb 2017

West Papuan claims Australia deported him to PNG

From , 6:03 am on 27 February 2017

A West Papuan English teacher, who escaped persecution to an Australian island in the Torres Strait, claims he was deported to Port Moresby.

The man, who wants to keep his identity a secret, says he fled the West Papuan province of Merauke, where he was trying to help a group of Papua New Guineans detained by Indonesian police.

In 2006, Indonesia withdrew its ambassador from Australia after it refused to extradite a group of West Papuan asylum seekers.

The man told Ben Robinson Drawbridge he first escaped from Jakarta, where he'd been protesting with the Free Papua Movement the OPM.

Coastal village of Hanuabada, adjacent to the CDB, in Papua New Guinea's capital Port Moresby.

Port Moresby Photo: RNZ/Johnny Blades