5 Nov 2015

Nauru MP rejects Justice Minister's UN testimony

6:55 am on 5 November 2015
Suspended Nauru MP Roland Kun with his family at home in New Zealand

Suspended Nauru MP Roland Kun with his family at home in New Zealand Photo: Supplied

A Nauru opposition MP has rejected the justice minister's testimony to the United Nations.

Roland Kun had his passport cancelled by the Government in June following a protest outside parliament that the Government alleges was a violent riot.

His appeal to the Supreme Court, to enable a visit to his family in New Zealand, has been delayed for months, with Government attempts to strike it out.

The Justice Minister David Adeang told the UN's Universal Periodic Review process that Mr Kun has been charged with offences, but Mr Kun rejects that.

"That is absolute nonsense, there are no criminal charges laid against me. It's been four months since David Adeang has been talking about criminal charges being laid against me and there hasn't been any. Police officers have not come to interview me. The Government of Nauru has cancelled my passport on their own back and without processing through the judiciary because they don't have any criminal charges. They talk about it and it's all in their imagination, as is the investigation."

Roland Kun says if he doesn't get a hearing date by December, the court will close and he won't be able to join his wife and children for Christmas.

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