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Six South Korean nationals, including the son of the founder of Grace Road Group, are in Fiji Police custody and are likely to be deported.
But, the High Court in Lautoka has granted an interim injunction against the removal of three from Fiji. These are the three who were initially detained after Police raids were conducted with the help of Korean Police officers who flew into the country.
Director Immigration Nemani Vuniwaqa last night confirmed that after late night raids on Tuesday, three Korean nationals, who are Grace Road officials, were taken into custody.
Employees of Grace Roads also assisted in turning in the three – one in Suva and two in Nadi.
Vuniwaqa thanked Grace Road for its co-operation in helping Police and Immigration officials with their investigations.
More than 20 Korean Police officers are in the country. Some arrived on Monday while the rest, including senior officers, flew into Nadi International Airport Wednesday.
In the High Court in Lautoka , the judge, Justice Anare Tuilevuka, granted the order for the interim injunction.
The court granted an interim injunction restraining the Director of Immigration Fiji, and/or the Commissioner of Police and/or the Commissioner of Fiji Corrections Service and/or Civil Aviation Authority of Fiji and/or Air Terminal Services of Fiji and/or their officers, employees, servants, agents from removing or causing to remove or assisting in the removal of Jung Yong Kim, Beomseop Shin and Sung Jin Lee from Fiji.
Since it was an ex parte matter and called without notice, the defendants – Director of Immigration, Commissioner of Police and Commissioner of Fiji Corrections Service will be responding to it tomorrow.
One of those arrested is the son of Reverend Shin Ok Joo, the founder of Grace Road, who was arrested in Korea the previous week. She allegedly convinced 400 followers to move to Fiji because a “great famine” was imminent on the Korean Peninsula.
Shin Ok Joo and three senior members of the Grace Road Church were arrested after landing at Incheon Airport in South Korea.
Grace Road operates a range of businesses in Fiji. It has issued statements denying the allegations against its founder.
SOURCE: FIJI SUN/PACNEWS
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