Government continues its legal pursuit of protesters despite judge ruling in their favour

Nauru’s government is continuing its legal pursuit of the so-called Nauru 19 protesters, despite a judge ordering the prosecution to end last year because the accused had no prospect of a fair trial.

The ordeal has left the group, who include former ministers and a former president, “essentially penniless” and emotionally exhausted, their lawyer said.

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