Refugee application adjourned

An application that was filed in the Supreme Court by Kurdish journalist and refugee in Manus, Behrouz Boochani, will return to court next week.

The application briefly came before Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia today before it was adjourned to next Wednesday for directions.

The application was filed by way of an appeal against the court’s decision on November 7, where the court refused to grant orders restoring services at the decommissioned site and prevent the refugees’ forceful removal.

However, the Chief Justice questioned the mode in which the application was filed.

He said it was more an interlocutory application to review last week’s decision and not an appeal, according to the Supreme Court rules in which it was filed under.

The application has been listed for summary determination and will return next week.

While that application was adjourned, bore holes and water tanks that had been used by those refusing to leave Lombrum were destroyed at lunch time today.

This morning, three mobile police squad cars, six immigration buses and two trucks went to the facility.

Some refugees have moved while the majority remain adamant they will not move to the alternate facilities at East Lorengau and Hillside centres, which have all essentials provided.

The fence was removed last Friday while more than 400 refugees are still holding a peaceful silent protest inside the decommissioned centre.

(Immigration officers at the centre today – Picture: I’m on Team Human Facebook page)

Sally Pokiton