11 Oct 2016

Manus plan under renewed legal scrutiny

From , 6:05 am on 11 October 2016

A lawyer representing detainees on Manus Island says he may file contempt of court proceedings against the Papua New Guinea government for failing to comply with a Supreme Court ruling issued in April.

The ruling found the detention of asylum seekers in PNG is unconstitutional.

Recently, the government has signaled its intention to close one detention facility on the island and keep another open.

Ben Robinson Drawbridge spoke with the lawyer, Ben Lomai who says his contempt proceedings could target the Foreign Minister, the Prime Minister and the Chief Immigration Officer for misconstruing the April ruling.

Protestors outside parliament in Wellington call for the closure of Australia's asylum seeker camps

  Numerous protests have been held throughout Australia and New Zealand calling for the closure of the detention centres. Photo: RNZI/ Sally Round