Bawa’s bail conditions to be reviewed

The District Court bail conditions that were imposed on the former NCD Metropolitan Superintendent Andy Bawa will be reviewed in the Waigani National Court.

Following the committal of his case for trial in the National Court on Oct 17, Bawa’s bail conditions will be reviewed in court next Monday by his lawyer and State Prosecutors before Deputy Chief Justice Sir Gibbs Salika.

Bawa and his lawyer appeared before Sir Gibbs this afternoon and were told to consult and consent with the office of the Public Prosecutor on the bail conditions for review next Monday. He remains on District Court bail until then.

On Oct 17, the Waigani District Court committed Bawa for trial in the National Court after sufficient evidence was found against him.

Bawa, who is from  Kandep in Enga Province, is facing allegations of stealing and abusing the authority of his office last year while he was the NCD Metropolitan Superintendent.

Both allegations against Bawa are said to have occurred between August 4 and September 30 last year while being employed in the public service, mainly the department of police as the Metropolitan Superintendent at the National Capital District.

The first allegation against Bawa is that he stole K83,600; money belonging to the Independent State of Papua New Guinea.

The second allegation against Bawa is that he abused the authority of his office by receiving monies from a provincial administrative officer and failed to account for it.

The money he allegedly received was allowance for the 2015 Pacific Games. He was alleged to have abused the authority of his office by failing to account for the monies.



Sally Pokiton