Date set for refugees’ appeal hearing

A three-judge Supreme Court bench will hear the appeal that was filed by Kurdish journalist and refugee Behrouz Boochani next month.

The Supreme Court today fixed the hearing date for December 15, the week that will be the last Supreme Court sitting for the year.

This appeal was filed over the single Supreme Court judge's decision of November 7 that refused interim orders, sought by Boochani, for the restoration of services at the decommissioned Regional Processing Centre in Lombrum.

The court refused the order mainly because alternate facilities on Manus also provided the essential service which the refugees were seeking restoration of.

Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia today ordered Ben Lomai, the lawyer representing Boochani, to prepare, file and serve the appeal books to lawyers representing the state and the PNG immigration minister.

Meantime, more refugees and non-refugees are being forced to move out from Lombrum to the East Lorengau transit centres.

Boochani was moved yesterday.

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Sally Pokiton