3 Apr 2018

Manus lawyer wants chief justice disqualified

From , 5:03 am on 3 April 2018

A Papua New Guinea lawyer representing Manus Island refugees wants the chief justice disqualified from hearing their case.

Ben Lomai is seeking compensation for his clients' unlawful detention and an order they be resettled in a third country.

While worried about political influence over the judiciary, Dr Lomai says lawyers acting for the state are desperately trying to prevent the matter from going to trial.

He told Ben Robinson Drawbridge they've applied for the case to be dismissed on the basis that Dr Lomai has not been authorised by his clients.

Ben Lomai

Ben Lomai Photo: Facebook / Ben Lomai