Ruling on Maprik MP's case soon

The Waigani District Court will make a ruling next month on charges of official corruption levelled against Maprik member John Simon.

 Simon’s lawyer Moses Murray went before the District Court on Monday (September 21) with a motion to move the ruling from September 29 to October 6.

He appeared before Magistrate Cosmos Bidar with the application that was later granted by the court.

Simon will be expected to return to court on October 6 where a ruling will be made as to whether there is sufficient evidence to commit his case to the National Court to stand trial.

Police prosecutor Polon Koniu told the court that police had completed their investigations and submissions were already made before the court by Simon’s lawyer.

Simon was arrested in November 2014 and charged with two counts of false pretence and 38 counts of official corruption.

It is alleged that he made two separate payments totalling K86, 050 to two of his  private companies which he had allegedly rendered services to in 2012 during the general election campaigns.

The two companies arecthe ones  he is alleged to have been the directors and owner of at the time of the payment.

Sally Pokiton