PNG Police Apply To ‘Temporarily Discontinue’ Warrant Against PM

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District, National Courts both to decide whether to delay arrest

By Jacob Pok

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, June 27, 2014) – In a new twist to the ongoing political events, police have filed an application to set aside the initial warrant of arrest of Prime Minister Peter O’Neill at the Waigani Committal Court.

Court documents obtained by the Post-Courier yesterday revealed that the application was filed by Acting Police Commissioner Geoffrey Vaki through his lawyer Sam Bona against the State.

The application seeks to temporally set aside the arrest warrant issued by police fraud officers recently to have the Prime Minister arrested and questioned in relation to the alleged fraudulent payment of K71.8 million [US$28.9 million] to Paul Paraka Lawyers.

The police lawyer will ask the district court to temporarily discontinue the warrant until the National Court determines the application for taxation of the legal bills to Paul Paraka.

Also today, the National Court will hear the Prime Minister’s application to stay the same warrant of arrest pending the determination of the taxation of the legal bills to Paul Paraka.

The matter was adjourned on Wednesday to today due to an issue of change of lawyers representing the police in the matter.

Lawyer Paul Mawa, who had successfuly replaced police in-house lawyer Nicolas Miviri and represented police in the proceeding, was again replaced by Sam Bona.

Mr Bona asked the court to adjourn the matter for 21 days to allow his client to study the case but the court refused the applications for adjournments and adjourned to today.

[PIR editor’s note: Radio Australia reported that "Papua New Guinea's Government has set up a temporary anti-corruption body headed by a retired Australian judge. ... The move comes a week after Prime Minister Peter O'Neill disbanded multi-agency Taskforce Sweep that had accused him of corruption."]

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