PNG Loop’s Court Week in Review

​It has been an eventful week at the Waigani National and Supreme Courts, with the recent decisions surrounding the arrest warrant, which was issued against Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, three years ago.

That warrant was temporarily stayed on Thursday from being executed by police on the Prime Minister pending an appeal he filed in the Supreme Court.

The appeal was filed after the National Court on Tuesday ruled it cannot judicially review an arrest warrant. The review was dismissed, paving way for the arrest warrant to come alive again.

In an attempt to delay the order of the National court coming into effect, the Prime Minister’s lawyers asked the court to extend the orders by 14 days, while it files an appeal in the Supreme Court. This was refused

Meantime, in the Crimes court, a youth was sentenced to life in prison for brutally murdering another man at 9 mile in 2015.

Sentencing judge, Justice Panuel Mogish warned that Crimes committed by young people in the country is getting out of hand and if one commits crime like an adult, they must be sentenced like an adult.

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Also in the National Court, a 28-year-old man from the East Sepik province was sentenced to 6 years in prison after he sexually touched his niece two years ago.

Cases of sexual assault have become prevalent in society despite children being entitled to safety in their own homes.

In most cases, it’s the breach of trust between known persons who perpetrate such crimes against children.

And judiciary related, the Ombudsman Commission has referred Justice Sir Bernard Sakora, a judge of the National and Supreme Court, to the Public Prosecutor for alleged misconduct in office.


Sally Pokiton