Last adjournment for UBS case

A final adjournment was allowed during directions in the Supreme Court on Monday for the UBS case that was filed by Opposition Leader Don Polye.

Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia allowed a final adjournment to parties in the case to next Monday, Oct 17.

A hearing date to address the issue of standing is expected to be set next week.

This is in relation to the case that Polye re-filed, challenging the legality of the Government’s decision to acquire the K3 billion loan from the Union Bank of Switzerland.

Polye must convince the court that he has standing or right to bring such Supreme Court application under section 18(1) of the Constitution. If the court finds that he has standing, the matter can go for an actual hearing.

Other parties in the case are Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, the State and the Australian branch of the Union Bank of Switzerland.

This case was re-filed by Polye’s lawyer after the Supreme Court, on April 28, dismissed the matter for want of prosecution.

Sally Pokiton