Delight as Nauru 19 given permanent stay
14 September, 2018, 8:01 am
AREN,13 SEPTEMBER 2018 (RNZ PACIFIC) – There is delight in Nauru after a court dropped a long-running case against a group accused over anti-government protests.
The so-called Nauru 19 had been fighting charges including rioting and disturbing the legislature brought three years ago.
The group included several former MPs and a former president of Nauru.
One of the accused, former cabinet minister Mathew Batsiua, says today’s granting of a permanent stay gives a sense of total relief and exhiliration.
“There’s a lot of people celebrating this decision. I think it’s a big win for Nauru. It sort of marks the end of a very long struggle, but a struggle that was worthwhile for us. We were determined to see it through because we think we are fighting a good cause and one that needs to be fought,” Mathew Batsiua said.
The Nauru 19 had sought a permanent stay because of the lengthy process and also the Nauru government’s failure to meet a court order to pay some of their legal costs.
An Australian judge, Justice Andrew Muecke, was brought in by the Nauru government to hear the case..