10 Nov 2014

Suspended Nauru MP awaits court decision

6:48 am on 10 November 2014

One of Nauru's suspended MPs says a decision by the country's Supreme Court over the legality of his group's expulsion from Parliament will be a key test of the judiciary's independence.

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Photo: RNZ / Walter Zweifel

Five opposition MPs have been banned this year amid claims the Government is trying to avoid scrutiny.

One of the MPs, Roland Kun, says the court's decision will reveal whether the independence of Nauru's justice system has been restored.

"We have new justices in position so this will be telling of how independent they are, I believe. I believe that an independent judiciary will find in our favour because it is a constitutional matter and only the Supreme Court of Nauru has jurisdiction over decisions regarding that."

Roland Kun, who is currently living in New Zealand, says he is confident he will return to Parliament next year.