28 Apr 2004

Nauru orders Australian lawyers out

3:36 pm on 28 April 2004

The Nauru government says it has ordered all Australian lawyers dealing with a refugee case home.

The lawyers were to take part in a court hearing today to determine the legality of keeping asylum seekers in Australian-run detention centres in Nauru.

A spokeswoman for the government is quoted by the news agency AAP as saying the justice minister, Russell Kun, told her he had ordered all Australian lawyers to leave.

On Sunday, the minister had revoked the visas of the Australian lawyers acting for the refugees, but allowed the other lawyers to travel to Nauru.