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Iran refugee's National Identification bid de-registered

Posted On: Tuesday, 14 February 2017

PORT MORESBY, 13 FEBRUARY 2017 (POST COURIER) ---- The controversial deported Iranian refugee Sawari Loghman’s registration at the PNG National Identification (NID) office has been de-registered. And the PNG NID office will request the assistance of police to also charge Sawari for defrauding the Civil and Identity Registration system and falsifying identity including any agent or staff who may have colluded under their Act. There is currently an investigation on the latter. Further, there is an appeal to all Government agencies, private institutions and all users of identity documents in PNG, to refrain from accepting the old blue birth certificate. Applicants who are lodging this for any services are required to contact PNG CIR for their certificates to be replaced.

Registrar-General Dickson Kiragi confirmed that Loghman, deported from Fiji after escaping two weeks ago from Manus, was not issued with a birth certificate with security features and a National Identity Card through the current PNG Civil and Identity Registration system. It also further verified that the birth certificate issued did not match the birth and NID entry number.

Kiragi said the person may have colluded with an agent and used the old system, now obsolete, to obtain the blue birth certificate (without security features) under the name of Junior Charles Sawari originating from Central Province, for the purpose of obtaining a passport. In this regard, proxy registration was used to avoid detection, which is common with the old registration system, now obsolete.

“Furthermore, PNG Civil and Identity Registry does not deal with any registration agent for purposes of birth and NID registration, nor accepts proxy registration for anyone,” he said.

“All applicants over 18 years are required to present themselves for registration with supporting documents verifying the claim to own identity. All parents, guardians, adopted parents are required to register their children and a proof verifying their affiliation to the child must also be provided.”....PACNEWS



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