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Family of Indigenous Greens candidate Donna Nelson detained in Japan say she was victim of love scam

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Family of Indigenous Greens candidate Donna Nelson detained in Japan say she was victim of love scam

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Indigenous Greens candidate detained in Japan accused of drug trafficking was victim of a love scam by a Nigerian man who promised to marry her, claim her family

  • Donna Nelson has been detained in Tokyo since January 4
  • She was arrested for alleged drug trafficking
  • Her family said she is the victim of a love scam

The family of an Indigenous Greens candidate and community leader detained in Japan after she was accused of drug trafficking claim she was the victim of an elaborate online love scam by a Nigerian man. 

Ballardong Njaki-Njaki woman Donna Nelson – who was the Greens candidate for the Western Australian seat of Pearce in the 2022 federal election – was intercepted by ​Japanese authorities at Narita Airport near Tokyo in January.

The 56-year-old woman was arrested for suspected drug trafficking after she was allegedly found with drugs stashed inside a bag.

Donna Nelson, a Greens candidate for Western Australia, was arrested in Tokyo for suspected drug trafficking after she was allegedly found with drugs stashed inside a bag 

The family believe Ms Nelson, who is also chair of a West Australian Aboriginal health service, was either forced or tricked into carrying the bag, which she had not packed as part of her luggage…

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