Con­tempt Charges Mooted Against PNG Gov­ern­ment

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Alawyer rep­re­sent­ing de­tainees on Manus Is­land says he may file con­tempt of court pro­ceed­ings against the Pa­pua New Guinea gov­ern­ment af­ter it an­nounced a plan last week to close one fa­cil­ity on the is­land and keep an­other open. The lawyer, Ben Lo­mai, said the plan con­tra­venes the PNG Supreme Court’s rul­ing in April that the de­ten­tion of asy­lum seek­ers was un­con­sti­tu­tional. Mr Lo­mai said his con­tempt pro­ceed­ings could tar­get the For­eign Min­is­ter Rim­bink Pato, the Prime Min­is­ter Peter O’Neill and the Chief Im­mi­gra­tion Of­fi­cer, Mataio Rabura.

Asy­lum seek­ers look at the me­dia from be­hind a fence at the Manus Is­land De­ten­tion Cen­tre, Pa­pua New Guinea.

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