Nauru 19 back in court next month as govt appeals

A date has been set for the Nauru government appeal against a group of 19 Nauruans acquitted over an anti-government protest nearly four years ago.

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".