Judge says government of Nauru has decided protesters are guilty and will spend whatever it takes to jail them

The Nauru 19 cannot receive a fair trial in the country because the executive government has already decided they are guilty, and will do whatever it can, and spend whatever money it has, to convict and jail them, a senior judge has ruled.

In an excoriating judgment, the Australian judge Geoffrey Muecke said the actions of the Nauru government – and in particular those of justice minister David Adeang – were “a shameful affront to democracy”. The judge granted a permanent stay in the proceedings, meaning the case will not continue.

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