28 Apr 2017

Fears Australians could be deported from Nauru

From , 3:04 pm on 28 April 2017

There are fears in Nauru that the Australian lawyers brought in to help 18 people facing charges over an anti-government protest two years ago, could be deported.

The Justice Minister David Adeang made threats in Parliament on Thursday accusing the lawyers of condescending behaviour and being disrespectful in the court.

One of the accused men, Mathew Batsiua, who is a former cabinet minister and a former secretary of justice, told Don Wiseman on Thursday night that they fear Mr Adeang will have the lawyers deported as the Nauru government as done on a number of occasions.

Lawyers representing the Manus group Felicity Graham, Stephen Lawrence, Mark Higgins, Neal Funnell and Christian Hearn.

Lawyers representing the Manus group Felicity Graham, Stephen Lawrence, Mark Higgins, Neal Funnell and Christian Hearn. Photo: Supplied