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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, Nov. 8) – Madang Governor James Yali yesterday pleaded not guilty to all four charges relating to the alleged rape of his 17-year-old sister-in-law in Madang on Oct 13 last year.

Mr Yali was present at the court and entered the plea after Justice David Cannings read him the four charges on the first day of the trial hearing at the National Court in Madang.

The governor is facing charges of abduction, rape, sexual penetration of a person in existing relationship of trust and sexually touching without consent. against the 17-year-old sister of his wife, Elizabeth Daniels Yali.

The girl was attending a high school in Madang and living with Mrs Yali in Madang town at the time of the alleged crimes. Mr Yali allegedly committed the offences on the evening of Oct 13 last year at the provincial government office at Jomba in Madang town.

Meanwhile, Mrs Yali is on a bail of K1000 for a separate charge of obstructing police from carrying out their duties in Mr Yali’s case.

The girl was in court yesterday and began giving her evidence until the court adjourned.

November 9, 2005

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