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Fijian Deported From Australia

A Fijian national, who was detained in Yongah Hill Detention Centre claiming to be an indigenous Australian, has been deported, says the ABC News. The man who claimed he was
04 Oct 2015 12:16
Fijian Deported From Australia
‘Eddie David.’

A Fijian national, who was detained in Yongah Hill Detention Centre claiming to be an indigenous Australian, has been deported, says the ABC News.

The man who claimed he was Eddie David, 39, had been held in at the centre in Perth since June.

The immigration detainee, who claimed he was not from Fiji, had overstayed his visa.

He initially claimed he was born on Murray Island in the Torres Strait in 1976.

He later said he was from somewhere in the region but was not sure because he was illiterate and an alcoholic.

He claimed there had been a terrible mistake.

“I am Aboriginal; I am an Australian citizen, born and bred in this land,” he said.

However, Torres Strait elders said they had never heard of the man and wanted to know his lineage.

The Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection said they were certain he was a Fijian man named Rinay Rekash Singh, who arrived in Australia in early 1998.

It used fingerprint analysis and facial comparisons in its investigation.

“People who have exhausted all avenues to remain in Australia and have no lawful basis to remain are expected to depart,” an Immigration Department spokesperson said.

Meanwhile, Fiji’s Immigration director, Nemani Vuniwaqa said they had not received any information on the issue yet.

Feedback:  arieta.vakasukawaqa@fijisun.com.fj

 

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