|Too easy: Sawari got from Manus to Fiji with help.|
He's not the first try his luck but he is the first from Manus
Island, which muddies what would normally be a straight forward extradition.
|Sawari says he wants to settle on a 'small country' not a big one|
Australia has muck on its hands with the refugee crisis in Manus and Nauru and it would be just like Frank Bainimarama to try and stick it to the Aussies.
Allowing Loghman Sawari to stay is not in Fiji's interest, satisfying though the perverse decision would be for Bainimarama.
Settling refugees in Papua New Guinea and Nauru has taken its toll on the local population there, despite the millions of
PNG officials have gone to lengths to extricate itself from the arrangement and the refugee crisis is likely to worsen with Donald Trump's ban on travellers from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Yemen and now talk of adding Pakistan being added to the list.
It's not unreasonable that refugees would set their hopes on countries in the Pacific, such as Fiji and others, as a way out of their misery.
The Sawari bid is a test case and Fiji can't get it wrong.
Fiji must also get to the bottom of how Sawari obtained the papers that got him in and which now see him being represented by lawyer Aman Singh and put up by a local family.
A rather gleeful Sawari is due to talk to Immigration and has reportedly sought the help of the Human Rights and anti- Discrimination Commission.
There has been no hint from Bainimarama on what Sawari's fate will but Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry has stated the obvious: Sawari should be arrested and extradited.
Despite sympathy for his detainment on Manus, some Fiji locals agree Sawari should be moved off, questioning if he was even beaten as he looks healthy and happy in his Facebook pictures.
Sawari has told media he's looking for sanctuary in a small country, not a big one like the United States.
He makes an interesting comment: "I like Fiji people because they smile and they respect." How does he know?
It sounds like someone tipped off him to Fiji's lax security and how easy it would be for him to blend in with the local population.