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Intrigue and legal strategy on eve of Israel Folau's court case with Rugby Australia

On the same day that the former Wallaby's Instagram and Twitter pagesdisappeared for up to four hours, Folau's former employer filed an application in the Federal Circuit Court to have the high profile case moved.

The organisation was not immediately available for comment, but the development could be interpreted as a legal strategy to slow proceedings.

As the "little sister" to the Federal Court, the Federal Circuit Court has a track record of moving cases through quicker than its federally-based siblings and at a lower cost.

Appeal ruling in long-running Nauru legal saga due today

A group, dubbed the Nauru 19, was charged over incidents arising from a protest outside parliament in June 2015.

Last year the charges were permanently stayed by an Australian judge, Geoffrey Muecke, who was brought in by the Nauru Government hear the case.

But the government appealed Justice Muecke's decision, and the outcome of that appeal is due for release by the Supreme Court today.

     

Nauru MP jailed; Nauru 19 await appeal decision

Jaden Dogireiy has been given a sentence of 13 months, which means he will be automatically disqualified from parliament.

Dogireiy's sentence comes after he had been acquitted in the Magistrate's Court but the state appealed and Supreme Court judge Mohammed Khan convicted and sentenced him on Saturday.

Nauru 19 group back in court

The Nauru 19 had been charged with offences relating to a protest against the government outside the Nauru parliament in June 2015.

The legal action went through countless stages before the retired judge brought in to hear the case, Geoff Muecke, strongly condemned the Nauru government's actions.

He said that by denying the defendants representation, imposing a blacklist on them, and publicly denouncing and vilifying them and those seeking to assist them, the Nauru government displayed persecutory conduct.

Nauru 19 back in court next month as govt appeals

The Nauru Appeal Court, set up last year to replace the country's dependence on the Australian High Court, is to hear the case from the 24th to 26th April.

The government has asserted the Australian judge it brought in to hear the case got it wrong.

Justice Geoff Muecke had granted a permanent stay on the proceedings, saying the government's conduct throughout had been a "shameful affront to the rule of law".

 

     

Nauru 19 to appear in Nauru's Court of Appeal

The Nauru 19 were charged over an anti-government protest more than three years ago and are facing an appeal from the Nauru Government.

The group, which includes a former Nauru president, had sought a permanent stay on legal proceedings against them, arguing the trial process dragged on too long and that the government had not met a court directed order to pay some of the expenses of the group's Australian lawyers.

Campaign continues after Rabuka found not guilty

Supporters cheered the SODELPA leader, former prime minister and 1987 coup leader Mr Rabuka as he emerged from the Suva Magistrates Court late this morning.

Mr Rabuka was charged by Fiji's Independent Commission Against Corruption under Fiji's political party regulations - for providing a false declaration of his assets, income and liabilities.

If convicted, he would have been out of the running for the 14 November polls.

Nauru 19 case comes to a head this week

An Australian judge, brought in to hear the case, is to issue his decision on the group's appeal for a permanent stay.

The Nauru 19 had protested outside parliament in June of 2015 - an event the government continues to call a riot.

They are facing various charges including rioting, disturbing the legislature and entering a restricted area.

Former Solomons' PM wins election case against minister

The MP for Gizo Kolombangara, Jimmy Tanangada, caused a huge upset when he unseated the then caretaker prime minister in the 2014 elections.

The Solomon Business Magazine reports the high court has declared Mr Tanangada's election null and void.

In his decision Judge Rex Foukona found the MP guilty of bribery and treating through the use of agents who supplied food for supporters during the campaign.

Justice Foukona also banned Mr Tanangada from taking part in the next general election and said he would be advising the Governor General on the outcome of the case.

Kiribati President meets jailed seamen in Italy

A government statement said Mr Maamau extended warm greetings, provided counseling and heard of the needs of the men who are in three different prisons in Italy.

He told the former seamen with the company Hamburg Sud, to be obedient, patient and strong while serving their sentences.