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Supreme Court Throws Out Asylum Seeker Cases

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The three applications filed by asylum seekers living at the decommissioned Manus Regional Processing Centre have been refused by the Supreme Court.

The applications were seeking interim orders to restore water and electricity supply into the decommissioned center and to restrain PNGDF members from using force to transfer over 600 refugees out of Lombrum.

Chief Justice, Sir Salamo Injia found that both the Papua New Guinea and Australian Governments are no longer responsible to provide essential services into the decommissioned centre.

The centre was ordered close by a Supreme Court Decision in May 2016.

Sir Salamo said, during the ruling today that, “while some constitutional rights may have been breached, on the other hand, it is fair to say the asylum seekers brought this upon themselves in refusing to vacant the premises and move to the new site”.

Outside the court house, lawyer representing the asylum seekers, said the interim injunctions were refused because the court found both the PNG and Australian Governments’ decision to cease essential services into Lombrum was in compliance with the Supreme Court Decision.

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