​Review of Bando's suspension set

The Waigani National Court will review the suspension of Hela Provincial Administrator, William Bando, later this week.

The judicial review will take place on Thursday, 8 June, before Justice Leka Nablu.

The review was allowed to go ahead after the court was satisfied that he had serious issues to be heard and that his suspension should be stayed to make sure the operations of the Hela Provincial Government went ahead uninterrupted.

Lawyer for the Hela Provincial Executive Council and Governor Francis Potape have filed an application asking the court to dismiss the proceeding. That will also be heard on Thursday.

Bando's lawyer today also indicated he will be filing an application.

In the meantime, Bando will remain as Provincial Administrator while the court reviews the manner in which he was suspended. He was suspended on April 15.

The Hela Provincial Executive Council, its Chairman and Governor Potape, as well as acting Administrator Kove Waiko, have been restrained by the court from carrying out the decision to suspend Bando pending the judicial review.

Bando was suspended over allegations he refused to release payment to “certain individuals” as per directions on March 3.

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Sally Pokiton