PNG Court Reinstates Detectives Investigating Government Cases

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Travel ban on anti-corruption attorneys also overturned

By Adam Mera

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Oct. 9, 2015) – The National Court has granted an interim order reinstating the recently sacked senior detectives who are involved in several high-profile cases involving the Government that are currently before the courts.

In another setback for the Government, another court lifted the travel ban on Australian counsel Gregory Engan and Terence Lambert, who are involved in these cases, until the legitimacy of the ban is decided.

Justice Panual Mogish ordered that Assistant Commissioner of Police Thomas Eluh and Deputy Director of the National Fraud and Anti-Corruption Directorate Chief Inspector Timothy Gitua be reinstated in their substantive positions after the two challenged their sacking by Police Commissioner Gari Baki. Mr Baki said the senior detectives were dismissed after being found guilty of serious disciplinary offences. However, Justice Mogish granted the duo the interim order at the Waigani National court during their application for judicial review of their sacking. The matter returns to court on October 21 for both parties to argue their case.

In a separate court case, Justice Mogish ordered a temporary suspension of the travel ban on Gregory Mark Egan and Terence Gerard Lambert to allow them to file a judicial review. The review is to verify if Chief Migration Officer Mataio Rabura has the authority to impose the ban and that no laws were broken in imposing the ban.

The lawyers were representing National Fraud Squad Director Matthew Damaru and reinstated deputy Chief Insp Gitua, in several court matters relating to a warrant of arrest on Peter O’Neill.

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