Lawyers For Nau­ru­ans Charged Over Protest Seek As­sis­tance

Fiji Sun - - Pacific News - RNZI

The team of Aus­tralian lawyers pro­vid­ing pro bono help to a group of Nau­ru­ans fac­ing charges fol­low­ing an antigov­ern­ment protest is seek­ing do­na­tions to cover its ex­penses. Nine­teen peo­ple, in­clud­ing a for­mer Nauru pres­i­dent, are set to face trial for var­i­ous al­leged of­fences, in­clud­ing se­ri­ous as­sault, ri­ot­ing and dis­turb­ing the leg­is­la­ture. One of the lawyers in­volved, Syd­ney solic­i­tor Chris­tian Hearn, said to cover the steep cost of trav­el­ling to the island the de­fen­dants had been help­ing out but af­ter 12 months, with many not al­lowed to work, the funds had dried up. He said the bur­den for the costs had in­creas­ingly fallen on the lawyers them­selves.

“So the fundraiser is re­ally ask­ing our col­leagues within the le­gal com­mu­nity and peo­ple in the wider com­mu­nity who care about the rule of law within the south Pa­cific to dip into their pock­ets and con­trib­ute, so there is less bur­den fall­ing on our clients, and to en­able us to travel to the island over the next 12 months,” he said.

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