PNG Minister Toni Takes Out Restraining Order On Husband

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James Toni allegedly harassing minister, interfering with her duties

By Martha Buckley

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Dec. 28, 2012) – Minister for Community Development and Lae MP Loujaya Toni has taken out an interim court injunction against her husband James Toni from harassing and interfering in her official duties as a State Minister and Member of Parliament.

Mrs. Toni has confirmed that the substantive matter is now before the Lae District Court for hearing in the New Year after she obtained an Interim Protection Order (IPO) from the Lae District Court on December 18. The substantive hearing of the matter is scheduled for January 8 before the Lae District Court.

Since Mrs. Toni was elected to the National Parliament, her husband James’s behavior has been a concern for her, her voters and her party, the People’s National Congress led by Prime Minister Peter O’Neill.

A fellow Minister who requested anonymity has confirmed that Prime Minister O’Neill had told Minister Toni to do something about her husband’s behavior and actions or she will lose her ministerial portfolio.

According to the court order that was sighted by the Post- Courier, the IPO number 235/2012 named Mrs. Toni as the informant and Mr. Toni as the respondent.

The interim orders include:

The Court further ordered that the Officer-in-Charge of Lae police station serve the order and the court process on Mr. Toni.

If Mr. Toni breaches any of the orders, he is liable to be fined or sent to prison.

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