18 Jun 2015

Nauru protestors regroup but maintain demands

2:17 pm on 18 June 2015

A former president of Nauru, who has been involved in anti government protests this week, says opposition MPs are waiting for a response to their demands.

Former Nauru president Sprent Dabwido

Former Nauru president Sprent Dabwido Photo: supplied

Sprent Dabwido is one of five opposition MPs suspended by the current administration.

He says the protestors are now re-grouping but still want Justice Minister David Adeang and President Baron Waqa to step aside while there are allegations of corruption hanging over them.

This follows reports the Australian Federal Police are investigating a Queensland phosphate importer for allegedly making payments to the two politicians.

Mr Dabwido says the duo are dragging down Nauru's name and their stepping aside is one of two demands by the protestors.

"After the investigation has proved them guilty or innocent then they can either come back if they are innocent or then they face justice. The second is, the demand was to the Speaker of Parliament that he end the unconstitutional suspension of the five members and re-instate them."

Another of the five suspended MPs, Mathew Batsiua, is today in court after spending the past two nights in custody.