Leadership Tribunal

Namah tribunal: PP to present reference

The tribunal hearing was adjourned from lunch time after it refused an application by Namah's lawyer.

Members of the Tribunal this morning dealt with an application regarding the process of the new tribunal's appointment.

His lawyer, Greg Sheppard, told members of the tribunal the previous one was not revoked and the due process followed in appointing this present tribunal was not right.

Namah not served tribunal documents

The adjournment was given this morning by member of the tribunal, after Namah’s lawyer Greg Sheppard and the Public Prosecutor Pondros Kaluwin said they were not formally given the notice.

Apart from media reports being run on the announcement of the tribunal on September 28, parties told Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Terrence Higgins, that they are yet to receive the notice of that appointment.

Namah tribunal expected to sit tomorrow

This is the tribunal appointment that was announced on September 28 by Acting Chief Justice, Sir Gibbs Salika.

The appointment follows a request made by the Public Prosecutor, Pondros Kaluwin, in his letter to the Chief Justice on November 8, 2016.

A previous tribunal appointed against the leader has not progressed far, due to a Supreme Court Reference, which arose from the actual appointment process of the tribunal.

Sir Gibbs explained that this appointment is a new one, following a request by the Public Prosecutor.

The week in review – Court

Acting Chief Justice, Sir Gibbs Salika, on Thursday announced the appointment of a new leadership tribunal to investigate Member for Vanimo-Green, Belden Namah.

The appointment follows a request made by the Public Prosecutor, Pondros Kaluwin, in his letter to the Chief Justice on November 8, 2016.

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New Tribunal against Namah appointed

Acting Chief Justice, Sir Gibbs Salika today announced the appointment.

The appointment follows a request made by the Public Prosecutor, Pondros Kaluwin, in his letter to the Chief Justice on November 8, 2016.

The leader was served notice of the tribunal appointment through the Speakers office in parliament on Wednesday at 3:07pm.

A previous Tribunal appointed against the leader has not progressed far, due to a Supreme Court Reference,  that arose from the actual appointment process of the tribunal.

Supreme Court dismisses Pruaitch’s appeal

Pruaitch was seeking discovery of the Ombudsman Commission’s investigation documents in the appeal, which challenges a decision of the National Court from Dec 2014 after the lower court rejected a motion he was seeking in a civil proceeding.

This was after he became subject to investigation by the Ombudsman Commission, during his term as the Minister for Forestry from 2002-2007, regarding allegations of misconduct in office against him under the Leadership Code.  

Knight files Appeal against tribunal decision

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.

OC seeks clarification of leadership tribunal process

It is also seeking the interpretation on whether strict rules of evidence should be complied with when a leader’s conduct becomes subject to a Leadership Tribunal.

The case briefly came for mention today before Supreme Court for directions.

Justice Collin Makail adjourned the matter to next week after he allowed Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and Speaker of Parliament, Theo Zurenuoc, to be joined as parties in the reference.

Suspended Parliament Clerk allowed review

 The recommendation of the Leadership Tribunal consisting of Justices Derek Hartshorn, Martin Ipang and Sir Kina Bona dated Dec 15,2016 has been temporarily halted pending the substantive review.

Justice Harold Terrence Foulds on Tuesday granted leave for Konivaro to file for a judicial review against the recommendation of the Tribunal.

The National Court was satisfied Konivaro had sufficient interest, filed his case within a reasonable time, had an arguable case and exhausted all remedies at the time his application was filed.

Bid to halt tribunal hearing fails

Konivaro through his lawyer, Justin Issack went before recently appointed judge, Justice Harold Terrence Foulds on Tuesday with an urgent application seeking leave to file for Judicial Review.

He also sought a stay order against members of the leadership tribunal consisting of Justices Derek Hartshorn, Martin Ipang and Sir Kina Bona from handing down their sentence against him till the review is dealt with.