Radio New Zealand International
PAPUA NEW GUINEA’s opposition leader, Belden Namah, says Australia’s Manus detention centre and asylum seekers scheme is unconstitutional.
Mr Namah told a news conference he is seeking a Supreme Court interpretation.
He said he wants clarification on the detainees’ visa, saying foreigners can only get visas for tourism, employment or business.
He also asked the government to explain how foreigners can be detained when they have not illegally entered PNG or committed any crime in PNG.
Namah questioned why an illegal processing centre was set up in PNG when Australia has a big land mass.
Prime minister Peter O’Neill dismissed the concerns, saying activities associated with the Manus asylum detention centre are within the laws of PNG.