​Trial on for former library bosses

Three accused persons facing misappropriation allegations in relation to the awarding of work contracts at the National Library and Archives are on trial at the Waigani National Court.

Former director of the National Library and Archives, Jacob Hevelawa, his wife Miriam Hevelawa, and the former corporate service manager of the National Library and Archives, Timothy Numara, are standing trial before Deputy Chief Justice Sir Gibbs Salika.

They returned to court this morning where the state called its second witness to give evidence.

Records of interview conducted in January last year by police on the three individuals were tendered into evidence this morning before the trial continued.

They were arrested and charged in January 2016 with one count each of abuse of office, dishonestly applying K118,846.30 and conspiracy to defraud the state of the said amount.

It is alleged Numara and Hevelawa corruptly awarded a contract for grass cutting, landscaping and rubbish removal to Paja Sisters Limited, a company owned by Miriam Hevelawa.

The project was allegedly paid in three lots of payment totalling K118,846.30, an amount not justified by the actual work done.

Numara is on bail of K6,000 while the Hevelawa couple are on bail of K2,000 each.

The trial continues.

Sally Pokiton