Gore withdraws stay application

Sohe MP, Delilah Gore has withdrawn her Supreme Court application seeking to stay the Leadership Tribunal Inquiry against her.

 Manase lawyers withdrew the application on Wednesday.

The stay application on the tribunal comes after an unsuccessful attempt to seek leave for a judicial review that was dismissed on May 18 by Justice Les Gavara Nanu in a National Court decision.

The leadership tribunal against the minister however commenced on June 12 where the statement of reasons and reference outlining the allegations were handed to the tribunal and minister.

This now means the minister is automatically suspended form office pending the tribunal investigation pursuant to Section 28(1) (2) of the Organic Law on Duties and Responsibilities of Leadership (OLDRL).

This stipulates that once a leader has been referred to the tribunal, he or she faces automatic suspension with full pay.

Two witnesses, the Director of Leadership division from the Ombudsman Commission Richard Pagen and Wilson Sangati from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority were called up by the prosecution on Friday June 12.

The tribunal re-commences on June 29.