By JACKLYN SIRIAS
WESTERN police have arrested a man for allegedly aiding four Pakistanis trying to cross over into Australia through Daru.
Jonathan Sam Henry, 26, of Alotau was arrested and charged with one count of people smuggling for allegedly aiding the four men with transport and assisting them to get permits from locals in Western to cross under the border treaty between Papua New Guinea and Australia.
Assistant Police Commissioner Border Command Donald Yamasombi said this was the first case of people smuggling since legislation was passed in 2013.
Meanwhile, arresting officer Senior Constable Kali Pamuan said Henry was arrested after seven months of investigation.
According to briefs, Henry facilitated the Pakistanis and flew them from Port Moresby to Daru to try and get permits from the locals to cross over to Australia.
Pamuan said their deal was not successful as they were apprehended by police
He said the four Pakistanis were brought back to Port Moresby and were now under the care of the International Organisation for Migration.
Pamuan said Henry was charged for one count of facilitating and enabling people smuggling.
He said the suspect has one more count pending as they were waiting for the International Agency from Australia to complete some documentation.
Pamuan said the suspect was currently in police custody at Daru.
He added that the penalty for the crime was 20 years imprisonment.
Pamuan said 20 years was plenty of time and urged the people along the border provinces not to involve in such activities that would land you in the jail for a long time.
“There were laws and rules that govern everything that we do in dealing with people from other countries and locals have be ware of the rules and abstain from dealing or involving in such deal,” he said.
“I am warning people not to involve, if you forgo my warning and secretly involve in such activities, the law will catch up with you and it will punish you accordingly.”
By JACKLYN SIRIAS