UPNG seeks contempt charge against SRC lawyer

The University of Papua New Guinea will be seeking contempt charges against Laken Lepatu Aigilo, the lawyer representing the Student Representative Council and its members.

The notice of motion filed by UPNG seeks to have Aigilo charged for contempt, alleging he breached National Court orders that were issued on June 8, the same day the shooting took place on campus.

That motion is expected to be heard in court on Thursday, Aug 18.

On June 8, the UPNG administration obtained restraining orders from the Waigani National Court against members of the Student Representative Council from boycotting classes.

The order restrained members of the SRC, including President Kenneth Rapa and the student body, from putting up barricades to block classrooms and lecture theatres, threatening and assaulting enrolled students and university staff.

Justice Collin Makail issued the restraining orders sought by the university on Wednesday June 8, only hours after the student confrontation with police, which saw 23 students brought to hospital for injuries.

The interim injunction also restrained members of the SRC and students from carrying out activities which are contrary to their enrolment as students.

Sally Pokiton