Waigani District Court

Schram case dismissed

The case has been dismissed six months after the National Court allowed him to temporarily leave the country and return by June 12, 2018.

The District Court issued a warrant for his arrest soon after he failed to return by June 12 last year.

That warrant was revoked yesterday and Magistrate Alex Kalandi discharged the false pretence allegations against Schram, because the court has no information of his whereabouts.

Former MP appears in court

His case is now undergoing the Committal Court process at the District Court.

Amaiu was charged with seven counts of conspiracy to defraud and seven counts for misappropriation.

The former Moresby North-East MP is facing allegations he conspired with others at the Department of Lands and Physical Planning, to obtain 64 allotments at the Durand Farm valued at over K5 million.

It is alleged he transferred the titles from the National Housing Corporation to a company called PNG Resource Corporation.

Coroner’s inquest into Albaniel’s death starts

The inquest is to determine the cause of death of the Business Editor, who was allegedly subject to domestic violence by her husband.

Police prosecutors handing the inquest indicated 23 witnesses were identified from police investigations that were compiled from the autopsy.

The autopsy was conducted by lead pathologist of Port Moresby General Hospital Dr Seth Fose, 10 days after Albaniel’s passing. 

She died on October 15 last year after a short illness. 

Motions in Koloma’s case adjourned

These include court orders issued last month to stay a warrant of arrest obtained against Koloma by police on allegations of official corruption.

His lawyer returned before Magistrate Cosmas Bidar today, where the motions were adjourned to May 29 on consent by parties.

The motions, which also include a contempt motion filed by Koloma, will be heard in court then.

A warrant of arrest was obtained by police for Koloma on April 13. He then took out a stay on his arrest on April 30.

District court refuses to relax Schram’s bail conditions

Dr Schram had filed for bail variation on the 10th of May to allow him to travel to Italy to bring back the original copy of his PhD certificate – which is the subject of his case.

His lawyer, Greg Manda, from Greg Manda lawyers, had filed the application under section 20 of the Bail Act.

Riki Kali in court

Ironically, the owner of the vehicle is from Manus.

Kali returned to court on Thursday. After a brief appearance, his case was adjourned to June 22.

In the meantime, the police prosecution will be giving his hand up brief, the files containing the police investigations, to the office of the Public Prosecutor.

The Public Prosecutor will then decide through what is called an election, if the case should proceed to trial in the grade 5 court and be dealt with summarily or go through the Committal Court process.

Ugandan teen asks to remain in country

The 19-year-old appeared at the Waigani District Court on Thursday, after he was arrested on arrival at the Jackson's International Airport on February 15.

Paul Muyanja has been kept in custody since his arrest at the Waigani Police station.

He was charged under section 16 (1)(a) of the Migration Act. A charge that has a penalty fine not exceeding K5000 or a custodial sentence of 6 months.

He told the court through his lawyer today that he comes from a war-torn area in Uganda and does not want to go back.

Indian apologises for overstaying in PNG

Rajvir Singh arrived in the country on 6 November, 2016, on a 30-day visa. He remained in hiding at East Boroko, Port Moresby, till he was apprehended by police on 10 February.

He was charged under section 16 (1)(a)of the Migration Act; a charge that has a penalty fine not exceeding K5000 or a custodial sentence of 6 months.

He overstayed his visa for 2 months and 4 days.

Singh appeared before the Waigani District Court today where his charge was read and explained to him.

Another police officer to stand trial

Magistrate Cosmas Bidar today ruled there was sufficient to commit the case against Chief inspector Maria Jones for trial in the National Court.

On January 17, 2017, Jones in the company of other police officers conducted a raid at Tatana village for a suspect, Saleh Naime Tom, also known as Charlie Naime whom they believed was involved in the death of another man earlier.

The 40-year-old woman from Kubalia, Yangoru-Saussia district, East Sepik Province was arrested and charged with wilful murder on Monday April 4, 2016.

District Court dismiss case against refugee

Magistrate Mekeo Gauli dismissed the case after lunch today because he was of the view that police prosecution did not prove it's case for the refugee to answer to.

He said a constitutional breach occurred during Sawari's arrest on February 3 because he was not accorded his rights under section 42 of the PNG Constitution before he was questioned for a recorded interview.

The passport which was used by Sawari to travel to Fiji on  January 20, 2017 was also not produced in evidence before court. This passport was vital in police prosecution's case.