Sorong Immigration Office deports four Australians from West Papua

Sorong Immigration Office deports four Australians from West Papua

Two of the four Australians allegedly involved in a rally outside the Sorong Mayor's office were deported on Monday, Sep 2, 2019, via the Domine Eduard Osok Airport in Sorong. (Immigration Office/Su)

Jakarta (ANTARA) - Directorate General of Immigration gave confirmation of the Sorong Immigration Office in West Papua Province having conducted the deportation of four Australians, who had supposedly partaken in a rally before the Sorong Municipal Office.

"It is true that four Australian nationals have been deported for allegedly joining the rally," Chief of the Public Relations Bureau of the Directorate General of Immigration Sam Fernando noted in a brief message text released on Monday.

He stated that the rally was organized to demand Papuan independence.

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The four Australians are identified as Baxter Tom (37), Davidson Cheryl Melinda (36), Hellyer Danielle Joy (31), and Cobbold Ruth Irene (25).

"The four Australian nationals were deported today through the Domine Eduard Osok Airport in Sorong City," he noted.

The Australian nationals will be flown to Bali via Makassar in South Sulawesi Province aboard a Batik Air flight number ID 6197, he stated.

"All the foreign nationals will then be flown to Australia aboard a Qantas airline plane with flight number QF44, except Davidson Cheryl Melinda, who will be deported to Australia only on September 4, 2019, by a Virgin Australian Airline plane at 3:45 p.m. local time," he revealed.

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