Asylum seeker imprisoned for over three years recognised as refugee

1 NEWS can reveal the man spent three years and one month in prison while waiting for his claim to be processed, which turned out to be valid. "It was the worst time of my life, a lot of anxiety, because you don't know about your future," the man said.

The man fled to New Zealand in 2006 from South America after a journalist he’d helped expose a child sex trafficking ring was murdered. The gang orchestrating the ring had political links and threatened the man also.

“They tried to kill me two times. I believe a lot in God and I escape,” he said


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