Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Graham Osborne hearing set for Feb 9

THE substantive hearing on the deportation case of Graham Leslie Osborne currently challenged in the National Court will be heard next Thursday, The National reports.
Judge George Manuhu presiding over the case yesterday ruled that the substantive and interim court order hearing be adjourned to Feb 9.
Counsel to Osborne, John Gawi, in absence of state lawyer Tiffany Twivey (believed to be overseas) sought instructions to make the adjournment.
The immigration officials have yet to explain why a National Court order was never complied with when Osborne had tried to re-enter PNG on Jan 16.
Instead officers at the Port Moresby Jackson International airport refused entry by the deported New Zealander upon arrival on a flight from Brisbane via Air Niugini on January 16.   
Despite the court order being served twice on January 13 and 16 respectively to acting chief of immigration Joseph Nobetau prior to Osborne’s arrival.
Osborne who runs a restaurant in Port Moresby was deported last month, after his entry permit was cancelled by acting Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister Jamie Maxtone-Graham over allegations he meddled in local politics.

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