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Israeli given orders to leave by immigration

Luke Rawalai
Tuesday, November 20, 2012

THE Immigration Department has given an Israeli national until next Friday to leave Fiji.

Immigration director Major Nemani Vuniwaqa yesterday confirmed to this newspaper that the man was overstaying after an application for a work permit was rejected.

The Israeli was living on the island of Taveuni.

Major Vuniwaqa said they were aware of the situation and had been closely monitoring developments surrounding the case.

"He had applied for a work permit and we had rejected it but he appealed to the Minister for Immigration for a review of our initial decision," he said.

"In waiting for the results of the review it had taken some time and it has not been approved so he has been given until the 30th of this month to leave the country."

Major Vuniwaqa said the man had also been given enough time to finalise his travel arrangements.

Villagers on Taveuni had contacted this newspaper to raise their concern over how the man would eat the leaves of all types of plants growing in the village of Lavena.

Lavena Village headman Paulo Cama confirmed that the Israeli had visited Taveuni twice over the past year.

He said the man often visited the village and its surrounding areas for a retreat.

"He is a vegetarian and a nature lover who experiments with all plants that he finds. The people found this strange saying that he was dangerous," said Mr Cama.

"Villagers started to find it strange so we decided to take the matter further."

They reported their concerns to relevant authorities.


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