20 Jun 2015

Arrested Nauru opposition MPs denied bail

7:04 pm on 20 June 2015

The two opposition MPs arrested on Nauru yesterday following anti-government protests this week have reportedly been denied bail.

Former Nauru president Sprent Dabwido

Sprent Dabwido Photo: supplied

Squire Jeremiah and former president Sprent Dabwido appeared in court on the island this afternoon, where sources say they were told they will be kept in custody until their next appearance on Tuesday.

It's not known what the pair have been charged with and the reason for their continued detention as calls to both their lawyer and the police have gone unanswered.

A Nauru businessman, Lockley Denuga, was with Mr Jeremiah and Mr Dabwido when police turned up to Mr Jeremiah's house to arrest them on Friday night.

"We were just sitting around talking and then the police turned up and they issued the warrant and then the boys got themselves ready and everybody went outside and they just quietly went with the police to take them to the station where they stayed for the night."

Mr Jeremiah and Mr Dabwido are the latest of the five MPs who have been suspended from Parliament since last May to be arrested, following the arrest of Mathew Batsiua at last Tuesday's protest.

Crowds gather in Nauru

Tuesday's protest outside parliament. Photo: supplied/ Shane Bazzi

Mr Batsiua was charged with disrupting the legislature and released on strict bail conditions.

In a statement, the government has accused the opposition MPs of trying to destabilise the government and says it has deployed extra police to prevent further protests.