Lawyers denied Manus Island access

Lawyers denied Manus Island access

Lawyers denied Manus Island access

Updated 20 February 2013, 21:16 AEST

Lawyers for the PNG Opposition have been denied access to the Manus Island processing centre, despite a court order granting them entry.

Lawyers have been denied access to the Manus Island processing centre in Papua New Guinea despite having a court order granting them entry.

Last week the National Court ordered that lawyers acting for opposition leader Belden Namah be given access to the processing centre to talk to asylum seekers and provide them with legal advice if they wanted it.

One of Mr Namah's lawyers travelled to Manus Island last Friday but was refused entry by officials at the centre.

Mr Namah's lead lawyer, Loani Henao, says he will now initiate contempt of court proceedings.

"The fact of the matter is our lawyers have been refused access in contempt of the orders of the court," Mr Henao said.

PNG's Immigration Service says anyone who wants to visit the processing centre must submit an application to the Chief Migration Officer for consideration.