Korean nationals released
18 August, 2018, 10:41 am
THE case to stop six South Korean nationals from being sent back to their home country has been discontinued.
This after the six — who were detained by police earlier this week — were released on Thursday night.
The formerly detained foreigners were — Jung Young Kim, Beomseop Shin, Sung Jin Lee, Byeongjoon Lee, Chul Na and Jin Sook Yoon.
Filing a notice of discontinuance at the High Court in Lautoka yesterday, lawyer Ronald Gordon said he initially filed habeas corpus to enable them to request the defendants (Immigration Director, Commissioner of Police and the Fiji Corrections Service) to provide an explanation for the detainment of the South Korean nationals.
He said the application was now redundant after the release of his clients.
Mr Gordon further explained that the notice of discontinuance did not mean that his clients were wrongfully detained.
He said it also did not mean that his clients would declare that they were wrongfully detained. He said they would not pursue the matter any further.
State lawyer Preetika Prasad said they would not go against the plaintiff’s wishes to discontinue the matter.
She reaffirmed that the Government agencies were not declaring that they had wrongfully detained the six South Korean nationals.
The foreigners are in Navua where they reside.