By Jack Lapauve Jr, EMTV – Port Moresby
Chief Migration Officer, Solomon Kantha, has explained the details of the re-entry of Chinese national, Kevin He Kai, who was deported in 2012.
Mr Kantha said the removal orders signed against Mr Kai had been rescinded by former Minister, Rimbink Pato.
He said the decision on re-entry of the deported persons is based on nature of the case, severity of offences, facts, evidence, and consultation with all key agencies.
The Chief Migration Officer says the agency is tightening its processes, and has removed many unlawful non-citizens during this short period of time.
His return was to also give us an opportunity to liaise with Police to interview him and put a formal recommendation to us on any future long term visa applications. This process was concluded recently and Mr Kai will leave the country where a decision will be conveyed to him on whether he is able to return to the country or not.
“Our decisions on re-entry of deported persons are based on nature of the case, severity of offences, facts, evidence, and consultation with all key agencies. It is not an independent decision. We are tightening our processes and have removed many unlawful non-citizens during this short period than any time in our history”, said Mr Kantha.
“We are also aware of people with personal interests who have extorted money from foreigners that are using this case to tarnish my reputation and of Immigration and I have sought legal advice to sue these people spreading false and malicious allegations without knowing the facts to this case”, said Mr Kantha.
This case was raised in Parliament by Governor for Northern Province, Garry Juffa, earlier this week.