Murder suspect on asylum seeker’s killing, escapes prison

Asylum seekers stand behind a fence in Oscar compound at the Manus Island detention centre in Papua New Guinea, Friday, March 21, 2014. Papua New Guinea expects to start resettling refugees detained in Australia’s offshore processing centre on Manus Island as early as May. (AAP Image/Eoin Blackwell) 
ONE of the two men accused of killing Iranian asylum seeker Reza Barati on Manus has escaped from prison.

Joshua Kaluvia, a former Salvation Army worker at the Manus Island detention centre, was facing trial for the wilful murder of Barati in February 2014.
Kaluvia was meant to appear in court in Lorengau yesterday to continue the trial. But the court was told he had escaped from the Lorengau prison. Acting provincial police commander Senior Inspector David Yapu confirmed with The National that Kaluvia escaped from prison last week Monday.
Yapu was disappointed that his escape was not reported to police immediately.
“Correctional Service (prisons) should immediately report to police so that we can mount out the search,” he said.
“I am very frustrated.
“He is from Kimbe, West New Britain.
“By now, we do not know whether he is still in Manus or he has already left.”
Kaluvia is from Muliagani village in West New Britain.
ABC News reported that a spokesman for PNG Correctional Services confirmed that Kaluvia was the suspect in the murder of an asylum seeker in 2014.
The escape occurred on March 28, between 11am and 12pm, the spokesman said. Trial judge Nicholas Kirriwom issued a warrant for Kaluvia to be recaptured and to reappear in court by April 18.
Kaluvia had pleaded not guilty and had complained about the standard of his defence during the trial last year.
Another man, former G4S guard Louie Efi, is accused of dropping a large rock on Barati’s head as he lay on the ground.
The National,Tuesday April 5th, 2016


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