MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The case was filed by an Iranian asylum seeker who has been held in a refugee camp on Manus, the main processing center in PNG, since 2013. His refugee status was canceled in December 2016. He claimed that the PNG's order of April 2016 invalidated the deal between Australia and PNG.
"The High Court held that neither the legislative nor the executive power of the Commonwealth is constitutionally limited by any need to conform to the domestic law of another country and that the past and future actions challenged by the plaintiff were not invalid or precluded… The Court answered the questions stated in the special case adversely to the plaintiff," the ruling by the court said.
In April 2016, Papua New Guinea's (PNG) Supreme Court ruled as illegal the detention of migrants applying for asylum in Australia at the center located on PNG's island of Manus, saying that the detention in the camp violated the right to personal liberty in the country's constitution. In July 2017, media reported that the Manus detention center was gradually closing down.