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Court no-show part of Indigenous leader's refusal to recognise law

A former national Indigenous journalist could again be absent from court when he is tried for trespass next month.

Murrumu Walubara Yidindji, 40, charged as Jeremy Geia, was a no-show in the ACT Magistrates Court, a month after telling police he would not attend.

Geia was arrested on January 9 after he allegedly refused to vacate a Kambah building he had claimed as an embassy for the Yidindji people of north Queensland. 

The former National Indigenous Television correspondent has renounced his citizenship, severed ties with the federal government and Australian institutions and now follows his nation's own laws. He came to Canberra to set up an embassy. 

The Yidindji community leader spent three days in custody for the minor offence after he allegedly told police he did not recognise Australian law, stated he would not attend court, and disrupted court proceedings.

A plea of not guilty was entered on his behalf at the January bail hearing.

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Geia - the first Western journalist to interview Julian Assange in the Ecuadorian embassy in London - stayed true to his word and did not appear for Magistrate Peter Dingwall at Monday's mention.

Prosecutor Soraya Saikal told the court the brief of evidence would be ready next week and requested a hearing date.

Ms Saikal said, as the matter was a fine-only offence, it could proceed in Geia's absence.

Mr Dingwall listed the hearing for March.

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