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January 16, 2021
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Court Order Interpretation Issue

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The Supreme Court order on April 26, which ordered for the closure of the Manus Regional Detention Centre, has still yet to be enforced.

Today in court, the state’s lawyer said the government was having problems interpreting the court order.

This has been an ongoing concern for the state to interpret orders, before enforcing it.

Two weeks ago Chief Justice, Sir Salamo Injia arranged for a full court to sit today to interpret order number six of the Supreme Court ruling from April.

Today, the court was adjourned indefinitely because the National Executive Council (NEC) and the state are still having problems interpreting order numbers one and six.

Both PNG and Australia are also facing issues at the bureaucratic level in trying to enforce the court order.

Order one states that the detaining of asylum seekers is unconstitutional, and order six directed for both the PNG and Australian governments to close down the detention centre on Manus Island. The full court, which consisted of a three-man Supreme Court bench, were called in because neither of the parties had taken any steps to close down the centre and relocate the detainees.

The full court also said that the NEC is not complying with the orders because they are not seeking the court’s clarification, regarding their interpretation.

Deputy Chief Justice, Sir Gibbs Salika, who is part of the full court, spoke strongly that PNG and Australia have agreed to bring the asylum seekers to PNG, and they should work together again to bring them out.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill, announced last Friday that PNG and Australia are in discussions to close down the centre.

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