A lawyer for a pregnant Somalia refugee rape victim says he tried to take court action to keep her in Australia before the government suddenly flew her to Nauru without providing the abortion that she had requested.

The 23-year-old refugee says in a statement Monday she became pregnant at an Australia-run detention camp on Nauru when she was raped in July.

She requested an abortion and the government flew her to Sydney on Sunday last week for the pregnancy to be terminated.

But she was flown back Friday in what critics suspect was a hastily arranged bid to beat a potential court order that would allow her to stay.

He lawyer George Newhouse told Australian Broadcasting Corp. that he had planned to apply for an order before she left.