Court withdraws case

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The National, Wednesday September 2nd, 2015

 AN asylum seeker on Manus who was facing charges of assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest, using insulting words and indecent exposure had his case withdrawn by the court.

Provincial police commander Alex N’Drasal told The National that Mirwais Seyed Rohani, originally from Afghanistan, who appeared in the Lorengau district court had his case withdrawn by senior magistrate Francis Kalai because he was not normal.

“The court was advised by Rohani’s doctor that he was mentally disturbed during the time of the incident,” N’Drasal said.

He said Rohani was now at the processing camp at the back of East Lorengau Primary School in Lorengau town recovering.

He was arrested and charged by police earlier last month following an assault complaint by immigration officers at the processing camp. 

Rohani was apprehended by police following his (alleged) attack on his roommate, where he also assaulted few of the police officers when they were trying to calm him down.

N’Drasal said he was then brought into the station and was locked. 

“He was arrested and charged by PNG law the following day and was advised for him to stand trial at the district court however his case was withdrawn by the court,” he said.