20 Feb 2013

PNG government to ask for Manus case to be dismissed

7:07 am on 20 February 2013

Papua New Guinea's government is today expected to ask the courts to dismiss a challenge to the Australian-run Manus Island detention centre.

Justice David Canning last week rejected an interim injunction on further transfers, but granted permission to lawyers acting on behalf of Opposition Leader Belden Namah to visit the temporary centre and interview detainees housed there.

The lawyer acting on behalf of the government, Peter Kuman, says there is no evidence any of the 274 asylum seekers currently on Manus want Mr Namah's lawyer to act for them.

He says it is a regional issue for the Australian and PNG governments.