Knight files Appeal against tribunal decision

Lawyers for suspended Manus Member Ronny Knight have filed an Appeal in the Supreme Court challenging the decision of the Leadership Tribunal which recommended his dismissal from office.

The appeal is listed for today and will be heard by Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia after lunch.

His lawyers filed the appeal on April 22. An urgent application will be moved seeking stay of the Leadership Tribunal’s decision dated May 1, 2015.

Respondents listed in the appeal are members of the Leadership Tribunal; Justice Salatiel Lenalia (as Chairman) and their Senior Magistrate Ignatius Kurei  and Senior Magistrate Rosie Johnson and the State.

Knight’s Judicial Review was dismissed by the National Court on April 19, after the presiding judge upheld recommendations made by the Leadership Tribunal on May 1, 2015 recommending his dismissal from office after he was found guilty of misconduct in office on March 20, 2015.

Justice Collin Makil, found that the Leadership Tribunal's decision was not unreasonable and bias, thus the penalty recommendation for dismissal from office should stand.

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Sally Pokiton