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PNG lawyers refused entry to Manus Island processing centre

PNG lawyers refused entry to Manus Island processing centre

Updated 20 February 2013, 18:20 AEST

Papua New Guinea's government has refused permission for lawyers to talk to asylum seekers on Manus Island, despite a court order granting access to the Australian processing centre.

PNG's Opposition Leader Belden Namah sought the order for his lawyers to represent the asylum seekers.

The head of the legal team Loani Henao says government authorities refused one of his staff access to the centre.

PNG's Immigration Office says anybody wanting to enter must be invited by the asylum seekers themselves.

It says Chief Migration Officer Mataio Rabura is yet to consider whether the lawyers can go to the centre, per the court order.

Mr Henao told our reporter, Firmin Nanol, he will sue for contempt.

Presenter: Firmin Nanol

Speaker: Loani Henao lawyer for PNG's Opposition Leader Belden Namah

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