16 Foreigners flee after learning of Immigration Presence

August 23, 2020 - 1907 views

16 foreign employees of a logging company in Oro Province have reportedly fled from their logging camp site after learning of an investigations carried by a  The Joint Special Investigation team comprising PNG Immigration and Citizenship Authority (PNGICA) and Police.


The Joint Special Investigation team comprising PNG Immigration and Citizenship Authority (PNGICA) and Police currently in Northern Province hit another hot spot logging site in Musa Foru area on Friday on boat.


Upon arriving, the team found out that there were only five (5) foreign employees all Asians. Who upon request provided their work permit documents, General Working Permit Identification Cards and Passports.


However, members of the team became suspicious when being informed by locals that majority of Asians where airlifted the previous days (Wednesday and Thursday). This claim was denied at first but after confiscating a mobile phone belonging to one of the Asians the evidence was all recorded.


Investigators  found Videos and photographs of Asians boarding a helicopter and being airlifted out of the logging camp.


 The management of this particular logging company has confirmed making paying to a helicopter company to airlift 16 Asian employees.


The investigators have also found evidence of the payment made to a helicopter company. A photograph of a list of names and signatures believed to be the manifest was also found in the mobile device.


The team believes those who escaped simply left to avoid apprehension and arrest because they did not have the proper documents.


 Further inspection revealed that all machinery and vehicles at the site where unregistered with only overseas plate numbers. All these unregistered vehicles and machinery have been operating illegally with registration.


Investigation are now widening as unregistered vehicles seems to be a norm in all logging camps that were investigated so far.


 The 5 employees, which 4 male and a female have been taken back to Popondetta town for further questioning


The identities and the whereabouts of the 16 who escaped will be established once investigations are complete.




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