CANBERRA, June 26 (Xinhua) — Australia’s Supreme Court on Monday rejected Russia’s application for an injunction that would have prevented the Moscow embassy from being evicted from a site in the capital, Canberra.
In dismissing the application, High Court Justice Jayne Jagot said Russia’s challenge to the law terminating the lease on constitutional grounds was “weak” and “incomprehensible”.
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Parliament passed emergency legislation on June 15, terminating Russia’s lease on the largely vacant block on security grounds because the new embassy is too close to the parliament building.
Russian lawyer Elliot Hyde has argued that if the embassy is not allowed to keep the consulate building until challenges to the validity of the lease termination are resolved, then ambassador Alexey Pavlovsky will have no interest in the site already There is confidence in the integrity and security of consulate buildings.
Elliott said a man who worked as a security guard had been living in a portable cabin at the scene since at least last week. The man was described by the media as a Russian diplomat. (Associated Press)
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