IN AN EXTRAORDINARY incident, PNG University of Technology vice-chancellor, Dr Albert Schram, was detained and forcefully loaded aboard Air Niugini flight PX5 to Brisbane soon after arriving at Jackson’s Airport from Singapore earlier this month.
Last year, Dr Schram had been suspended from his Unitech post, an act he says was unlawful.
“Contrary to what some have said, I have never been legally dismissed as vice-chancellor. So why was I deported? No answer“, Schram wrote on his Twitter account.
In January, prime minister Peter O’Neill said that both the university’s council under chancellor Philip Stagg and Schram and had been suspended by Cabinet for two months pending an investigation into Unitech’s administration.
Last year some of Schram’s opponents at the university had raised questions over his credentials.
“I've asked my embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Canberra to ask for a reason, because I am still in the dark," said Dr Schram, a Dutch national.
The PNG government denied that Dr Schram had been deported, preferring the explanation that he simply hadn’t been allowed into the country.