The Republic of Nauru For Immediate Release: 11 December 2014
Media Release SUPREME COURT HAS DEEMED SUPENSION MPs LAWFUL The Supreme Court of Nauru has ruled in favour of the Speaker of Parliament, that the suspension of five MPs earlier this year was lawful. Kieren Keke, Roland Kun, Mathew Batsiua were suspended in May, followed by Sprent Dabwido and Squire Jeremiah in June. The MPs filed legal action in the Supreme Court challenging the suspension, arguing that it was unlawful and in breach of the Constitution. The case was heard on October 30 before a Full Bench of the Supreme Court of Nauru comprising of Chief Justice Madraiwiwi and Justices Khan and Hamilton-White. Today, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the suspended MPs are not entitled to attend the Parliament during their suspension. A majority of the Supreme Court also ruled that the withholding of the MPs salary and allowances while they are suspended is lawful. The Supreme Court ruled: “Parliament should be allowed to conduct its proceedings as it deems fit and if a Member of Parliament is unhappy with its decision then he/she may use the Parliamentary process to appeal against the decision and not resort to this forum to seek relief.”
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