Sufficient evidence found against former MP

Evidence weighed out in the Waigani Committal Court against former Moresby North-East MP, Labi Amaiu, has been found to be sufficient.

The ruling was handed down this morning and the case adjourned to give Amaiu and his lawyer time to respond.

The former MP is facing seven counts of defraud and seven counts for misappropriation. 

He is facing allegations he conspired with others at the National Housing Corporation and  Department of Lands and Physical Planning, to transfer 301 titles to PNG Resource Corporation Ltd.

It is also alleged he misappropriated portion 528 of Durand Farm, the government’s housing estate.

Contracts valued at K80,000 per allotment, totaling over K24 million.

In weighing out evidence before the committal court, magistrate Cosmas Bidar ruled there was a reasonable prima facie case made out, to warrant Amaiu’s committal to the National Court.

The court adjourned the matter for two weeks to give time for Amaiu and his lawyer to file a response to the court – what is called section 96 statement.

Amaiu remains on bail.

Sally Pokiton