20 Apr 2017

Manus refugee could use double jeopardy defence

From , 5:02 am on 20 April 2017

The lawyer representing the Manus Island refugee who escaped to Fiji says new charges brought against his client could be defendable under the rules of double jeopardy.

Loghman Sawari was deported back to Papua New Guinea in February and charged with using false information to obtain a passport.

The district court in Port Moresby threw out the charge on Tuesday, but not before the 21-year-old from Iran was re-arrested under similar charges.

PNG law prevents people from being charged twice for the same crime and the lawyer, Loani Henao, told Ben Robinson Drawbridge, such a double jeopardy defence could be possible.

Loghman Sawari in Fiji.

Loghman Sawari in Fiji. Photo: Behrouz Boochani