Detention protest by refugee in PNG stopped

5:20 am on 29 May 2015

A refugee on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island has been barred from entering a court in Lorengau to protest against his detention.

Asylum seekers in Manus Island camp

Asylum seekers in Manus Island camp Photo: supplied

Mohsen Sakravie, who remains detained at Australia's detention centre on the island despite his refugee application having been successfully processed, wanted to see Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia on Wednesday.

His lawyer, Ben Lomai, says his client wanted to tell the Chief Justice that he and others had been kept too long while they wait for the government's resettlement policy framework to be put in place.

The Post Courier Mr Lomai says his client was exercising his constitutional right to make a complaint to the court, but that was denied.

He says some asylum seekers who have been processed and deemed refugees have been waiting for almost 18 months in detention and there seems to be no end in sight.