Four PNG MPs Served Contempt Of Court Documents

Contempt of court charges all relate directly and indirectly to the Supreme Court Appeal filed by the PM, the stay order subsequently granted, and public discussion on the merits of the matters and the original Arrest Warrant

By Nellie Setepano

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, August 21, 2017) – Four Members of Parliament were last week served contempt of court papers by lawyers representing the Prime Minister Peter O’Neill on his Supreme Court appeal on a stay order.

They are Bryan Kramer (Madang), former Prime Minister Sir Mekere Morauta Moresby Northwest), Belden Namah (Vanimo-Green) and Kerenga Kua (Sinasina-Yongomugl).

They were separately served their court documents last Friday by Twivey Lawyers.

A contempt of court application relates to Mr Kramer’s internet article discussing the Supreme Court Appeal filed by the Prime Minister and the stay order subsequently granted, and his discussion on the merits of the matter and the Arrest Warrant.

The article was posted on Mr Kramer’s own Facebook pages and cross-posted on various public discussion sites.

The allegations also relate to Mr Kramer’s failure to remove any comments which are sub judice to the Supreme Court proceeding.

Similarly, court documents served to Namah, Kua and Sir Mekere relates to statements made between August 10, and 14 by the three MPs in the mainstream media and further discussed in the social media regarding the warrant of arrest.

It is also alleged that the statements in the mainstream and social media have caused damage to the current proceedings regarding the warrant, which is sub judice and intended to deter the Prime Minister availing himself of his constitutional rights to have the matter determined by a court of law.

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