FORMER PM SKATE, GOVERNOR TAKU FILE PLEA AGAINST SUSPENSION OF PORT MORESBY AREA

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (September 8, 1999 – The National)---National Capital District Governor Philip Taku and former Prime Minister Bill Skate are seeking court orders to have the suspension of the National Capital District Commission overturned.

Papers seeking those orders were filed in the National Court yesterday.

The National Executive Council met and suspended the NCD government on Monday following reports that there was widespread mismanagement and misuse of public funds in the Commission.

Mr. Taku and Mr. Skate are seeking the orders to restrain the NEC decision as commissioners of the NCDC board.

Mr. Skate, who is the first plaintiff in the case, and Mr. Taku (second) and NCDC (third) are being represented by Greg Sheppard of the Maladinas Lawyers.

The plaintiffs and their counsel waited half of the afternoon at the Waigani Court house yesterday with their counsel, and were told the matter would be heard on Thursday.

Outside the courthouse Mr. Taku said, "I leave it to the court to make a decision.''

He urged all officers of the NCDC, in the meantime, to co-operate with Mr. Graham and let justice take its course.

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