13 Jul 2015

Nauru MPs to spend another week in custody awaiting lawyer

6:57 am on 13 July 2015

Two opposition MPs on Nauru are spending another week in custody as they continue to battle for legal representation.

Crowds gather in Nauru

Crowds gather in Nauru Photo: supplied/ Shane Bazzi

The MPs, former president Sprent Dabwido and Squire Jeremiah, have been charged in connection with an anti-government protest outside parliament last month.

They appeared in court on Friday for their second attempt to secure bail, but the men do not have access to a lawyer on the island.

A pleader, who provides some legal support, returns to the island today, but a source on Nauru says the MPs have rejected his representation.

Mr Dabwido and Mr Jeremiah want a lawyer who is based in Australia to represent them, but the Nauru Government continues to refuse him a visa.

They have asked the Supreme Court to rule on their right to a lawyer of their choice, and will appear in court on Friday for their next bail hearing.