Court to rule on UPNG student’s case

The Waigani National Court will make its ruling this morning on three issues that were raised by lawyers representing UPNG and the students respectively.

Justice Leka Nablu yesterday heard inter-parte submissions on the two judicial review cases that were filed by student leaders who were permanently excluded from studies after classes resumed at the university.

Darrel Kamen, Lawyer representing the University of Papua New Guinea is seeking to have two cases filed by students dismissed from the National Court.

He told the court that there is no issue left for the court to consider in the cases as all the student leaders appeals went in their favour.

He said the university's Appeals Committee upheld their appeals and they have since been allowed back on campus and are sitting their exams.

The students on the other hand asked the court to consider giving additional orders for accommodation on campus as they have not been given accommodation.

 Their lawyer, Ramsey Pariwa, asked the court today to use its discretion to order that the university allow the students accommodation on campus.

Kamen responded saying accommodation is an administrative matter for the university to decide on.

The students also want the order from last month that was issued by Justice Collin Makail remain.

This order was for an extension of time to be allowed for the students to sit their exams.

Justice Nablu will give her decision on the three issues at 10am.






Sally Pokiton