PNG’s Gulf Province Governor’s Conviction Overturned

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PNG’s Gulf Province Governor’s Conviction Overturned Supreme Court quashes misappropriation conviction

By Maureen Gerawa

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Aug. 24, 2015) – GULF Governor Havila Kavo is a free man after a three-man Supreme Court bench quashed his conviction last Friday.

This is the second such decision against the same judge overturn by the three-man bench on appeal.

The first was Komo-Margarima MP Francis Potape.

Mr Kavo thanked the Supreme Court for the decision, describing it as a win for the people of Gulf Province.

He appealed his 18-month sentence after he was found guilty by the National Court of misappropriating K133,000 [US$47,000], part of the K10 million [US$3.5 million] from the National Government for development in Kikori district which was parked in a trust account.

The Supreme Court ruled that the trial judge Sir Gibbs Salika erred in fact and law when determining the case on its merit when sentencing the Gulf leader to jail.

Kavo’s bail money will be refunded as ordered by the court.

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