PNG Prosecutor To Review Case Against Prime Minister

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O’Neil case could potentially be sent to leadership tribunal

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, August 14, 2014) – Public prosecutor Pondros Kaluwin will decide on whether to refer Prime Minister Peter O’Neill’s case to a leadership tribunal after perusing the file on him.

He said in a statement yesterday that he would determine whether "there is sufficient and credible evidence to request the Chief Justice to appoint a leadership tribunal to enquire into allegations of misconduct in office".

Kaluwin said O’Neill was referred to his office by the Ombudsman Commission on Tuesday for alleged misconduct in office.

[PIR editor’s note: The National reported that ‘OPPOSITION leader Belden Namah has called on Prime Minister Peter O’Neill to respect State institutions such as the Ombudsman Commission. ... He was responding to O’Neill’s outburst against the commission for referring him to the public prosecutor over the K3 billion UBS loan and two other matters. ... Namah told reporters yesterday that O’Neill should respect government institutions and refrain from using the "executive whip" to interfere with their functions and responsibilities, and intimidating officials. ... Namah said O’Neill had "already destroyed the police force" and now wanted to do the same to the Ombudsman Commission.’]

The subject of the referral relates to allegations that:

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