12 Oct 2016

Treatment of sick Nauru MP 'insane'

1:41 pm on 12 October 2016

A former Nauru MP says the treatment of a former president of the country is 'insane' as he languishes in hospital after collapsing last week.

Sprent Dabwido has been trying to reach Australia for urgent medical attention due to a critical heart condition, but the Government's Justice Minister, David Adeang, cancelled his passport before he could leave.

Sprent Arumogo Dabwido, President of the Republic of Nauru, addresses the general debate of the sixty-seventh session of the General Assembly on 2012.

Sprent Dabwido addresses the General Assembly in 2012 as the president of the Republic of Nauru. Photo: UN Photo/J Carrier

Squire Jeremiah said Mr Dabwido is desperately waiting for the Secretary of Justice, Graham Leung, to return from Fiji to deal with the matter.

He said a doctor and hospital director in Nauru have since left the country after writing a referral for Mr Dabwido to see a specialist in Australia.

"This is crazy, this is insane, it's a new level of really discouraging people from standing against the government. You'll end up in the same position as Sprent. And this is very serious, I believe the international community needs to step in and help," he said.

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