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No Further Comments on Lebanese Boy Row: Karan

No Further Comments on Lebanese Boy Row: Karan
Rida Senibulu, right, with his mother Samia Jradi in Beirut, Lebanon .
October 12
15:00 2017


Permanent Secretary to the Prime Minister’s Office, Yogesh Karan, says he would not make any further comments on the fate of a boy in Beirut, Lebanon wanting to live in Fiji.

Mr Karan said this was because of the sensitivities regarding personal information of the people concerned.

The boy’s  mother, Samia Jradi a Lebanese woman, has claimed that her son’s father is a Fijan who served as a United Nations peacekeeper.

She is raising questions about the delay in processing Rida Senibulu’s application for a Fijian passport.

Ms Jradi has alleged that she has been told that the DNA test for her son will not be conducted and he is not expected to receive his passport.

Mr Karan had earlier confirmed that biological father of the boy must be determined before other actions would be taken.

Ms Jradi has alleged that the father of her 16-year-old son has advised her via a text message that the boy will not receive his ID and passport.

She alleges that she has also been asked to be silent and not to speak to this newspaper about her son because it will cause the delay of her son’s passport being processed.

She says she has been told that if she had not approached this newspaper in the first place, the passport would have been finalised.

Ms Jradi has provided copies of the birth certificates and marriage certificate of her and a former Fijian soldier showing his name and identity as the father and her husband.

She says since the day this newspaper highlighted her request for the safety of her son, all she has received is contact from the Fijian Immigration asking her to fill a section of the form for her son’s passport to be processed.

Ms Jradi is also asking if the Fijian Government will consider taking her and her son into Fiji as asylum seekers.

“It’s about his safety, it’s about his future. He deserves to know his Fijian family and where he is really from. His future is in Fiji.”

The Director of Immigration, Nemani Vuniwaqa, could not be reached to  comment.

Edited by Mohammed Ali



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