Nauru Solicitor General Steven Bliim Resigns ‘In Protest’

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Bliim says continued contempt of law being shown in Nauru

MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, Jan. 29, 2014) – Nauru's former solicitor general says he resigned in protest over the government's treatment of its resident magistrate, Australian, Peter Law and Australian based chief justice, Geoffrey Eames.

Earlier this month the Nauru government sacked and deported Mr Law and revoked Mr Eames' visa.

Steven Bliim says the way the Nauru government expelled Mr Law and ignored Mr Eames' injunctions against his deportation, and then cancelled Mr Eames' visa doesn't comply with its own law.

He's told Pacific Beat he decided he couldn't continue in his role for ethical reasons.

"I think by staying, I would have endorsed what occurred, I made a difficult decision, but I think a difficult decision, which was the right one under the circumstances," Mr Bliim said.

Speaking for the first time since leaving Nauru at the weekend, Mr Bliim says he concerned about Nauru's future.

"Effectively the status quo continues, there is a continuation of the contempt that has been shown for the judicial process," he said.

"Until that's resolved and until Nauru starts to comply with its own laws then it's effectively outside the law."

The Pacific nation has accused Mr Law of drunken and disorderly behaviour and denies it has abused the rule of law.

Mr Law strongly denies the allegations.

The Nauruan opposition says the move to deport Mr Law is a great interference in the independence of the country's judiciary.

Australia's Law Council and the Bar Association have both expressed concern, and called on the Australian Government to take action.

An open letter from Nauru's Law Society has also condemned the actions of the government.

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