Bogia member John Hickey

Bogia MP to stand trial on funds

Magistrate Mekeo Gauli made the ruling this morning after he found that there was sufficient evidence against the member.

He was charged in March this year in Port Moresby and is facing allegations of official corruption, abuse of office and misappropriation.

He will be expected to appear for listing at the Waigani National Court on February 8, 2016.

The committal court found that there was evidence of the member having been involved in official corruption, abuse of office and misappropriation between August 22 and Oct 3 of 2013.

Two more MPs to face leadership tribunals

Following the appointment request of the tribunal by the Public Prosecutor Pondros Kaluwin on May 8, 2015 the Chief Justice on Tuesday (June 23) announced the appointment of leadership tribunals to investigate the member for Kagua-Erave James Lagea and Bogia member John Hickey.

Both the Lagea and Hickey allegations relate to their failures to comply with the requirements of section 89(1)(g) of the Organic Law on the Integrity of Political Parties and Candidates.