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Stranded West Papua leader to be deported

PNG Loop - March 25, 2015

West Papua leader Benny Wenda is still under the control of PNG Immigration and will be deported today at 1pm, back to England where he came from yesterday.

The co-ordinator of Free West Papua PNG Chapter Freddy Mambraso, said his group, with the support of NCD Governor Powes Parkop, were still negotiating with the government to allow Mr Wenda to stay for a while in the country.

Mr Wenda, an international symbol of the Free West Papua cause, has been denied access into the country.

He was waiting with Immigration officers at the Jacksons International Airport in Port Moresby yesterday afternoon until 6pm when he was released to stay with Mr Mambraso last night.

Sources told PNG Loop yesterday that Mr Wenda came into Papua New Guinea at NCDC Governor Powes Parkop's request. Mr Parkop has a long history of involvement in human rights issues including the Papua issue.

Governor Parkop told Loop yesterday that Mr Wenda was "not locked up" and was awaiting clearance for him to officially enter PNG and then travel on to Vanuatu.

Wenda has been travelling from the United Kingdom. Loop attempted to speak with Mr Parkop this morning regarding this issue but could not get through

Source: http://www.pngloop.com/2015/03/25/stranded-west-papua-leader-deported/