12 Dec 2019

'Nauru 19' found guilty

10:16 am on 12 December 2019

Twelve people have been found guilty in Nauru's Supreme Court of rioting and disorderly behaviour.

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They are the remnants of the group known as the 'Nauru 19', who were charged over an anti-government protest four and a half years ago.

Last year, they were granted a permanent stay on the charges when an Australian judge said they could never get a fair trial given the government's interference in the judicial process.

That stay was overturned, however, and another judge, Fiji's Daniel Fatiaki, was appointed.

The trial in the Supreme Court was controversial because the accused were denied legal representation.

All 12 people convicted have been remanded in custody while the court decides on their sentences.

The legal process followed has been criticised by legal experts in New Zealand and Australia and described as a sham and a further sign of the decline of the Nauru judicial system.

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