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Manus Island detention centre challenge thrown out of court

THE High Court has thrown out a legal challenge lodged against the Manus Island detention centre, finding that Australia's declaration of Papua New Guinea as a regional processing country is constitutional.

The unanimous decision upholds the Australian government's immigration policy, quashing the potential closure of the controversial centre which witnessed the death of asylum seeker Reza Berati.

Last month, lawyers for an Iranian asylum seeker, known as S156, argued before the court that his detention was not valid under the constitution.

They accused former immigration minister Chris Bowen of failing to legally designate Manus Island as an asylum seeker processing centre.

A statement issued by the court said the asylum seeker had entered Australia's migration zone by sea at Christmas Island in July last year as an "unauthorised maritime arrival", ensuring his transferral to the Manus Island centre.

Read more developments here at SBS

Topics:  chris bowen, high court of australia, manus island, papua new guinea




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