Australian lawyer Jay Williams deported from PNG following ejection from Manus Island detention centre

Australian lawyer Jay Williams deported from PNG following ejection from Manus Island detention centre

Australian lawyer Jay Williams deported from PNG following ejection from Manus Island detention centre

Updated 29 March 2014, 17:12 AEDT

Sydney-based lawyer Jay Williiams, who represents 75 detainees on Manus Island, has been forced to leave Papua New Guinea after being threatened with arrest.

An Australian lawyer representing 75 detainees on Manus Island has been forced to leave PNG after being threatened with arrest.

The ABC understands Sydney-based lawyer Jay Williams initially refused to leave because there was no court order justifying his deportation.

PNG's attorney-general Kerenga Kua said yesterday Mr Williams did not possess a license to work in the country.

"What it means is that if you're an admitted lawyer but don't have a current practising certificate for 2014, you cannot practise law in this country," he said.

Last week the PNG National Court judge Justice David Cannings granted Mr Williams access to the Manus Island detention centre to meet his clients, but he was ejected when he arrived.

Justice Cannings set up a human rights inquiry earlier this month to examine the conditions of asylum seekers at the Australian facility.

The PNG government put the inquiry on hold on March 21 after it obtained a stay order from the supreme court.

Justice Cannings responded by initiating a new inquiry.

The PNG government is seeking to appeal against Justice Cannings's refusal to disqualify himself from the inquiry over allegations of bias.