25 Jul 2018

The Nauru 19 seek to have charges thrown out

From , 5:03 am on 25 July 2018

Nineteen Nauruans, who have been facing charges over a protest three years ago, are seeking to have the charges thrown out.

The long delayed trial for the group, which had staged an anti-government protest outside Parliament in 2015, was meant to start on Monday but it did not go ahead.

The government had failed to comply with an order by Supreme Court judge, Justice Muecke, to make a US$166,606 payment to cover some of the defendants' lawyers costs.

A spokesman for the Nauru 19, Mathew Batsiua, told Don Wiseman why they are now seeking a stay on the charges.

Crowds gather in Nauru

Crowds gather in Nauru Photo: supplied/ Shane Bazzi