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Aust denies summons to PNG court

AAP logoAAP 3/08/2016 By Lisa Martin

The immigration department has denied PNG's Supreme Court has summoned Australia to send a representative to a hearing and supply resettlement plans for asylum seekers at Manus Island detention centre.

A court hearing is scheduled in Port Moresby on Thursday.

The PNG government announced in April the centre would close following a decision by the court that found it to be unconstitutional.

An immigration department spokesman said the Australian government was aware of the matter "but is not a legal party to the proceedings".

"Contrary to media reporting, the PNG Supreme Court has not ordered that Australia appear before the Court or ordered that the Australian government submit to a resettlement plan to the court," a spokesman said in a statement.

Manus Island MP Ron Knight said the best course of action was for the men to be returned to Australia.

"You cannot leave them in limbo like this," he told ABC Radio.

"Ultimately they're there because Australia put them there."

It's understood that medical transfers of asylum seekers and refugees from Nauru to Port Moresby have been postponed for up to three weeks because of sensitivities around the court case.

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