One ground alleging bribery and undue influence respectively were struck out this morning after Marape’s lawyer, Robert Leo, successfully moved a no-case submission before Justice David Cannings.
Following the commencement of trial on Wednesday afternoon, petitioner Johnny Pokaya presented his evidence and witnesses in court.
This morning Marape moved a no-case submission saying there was no case for him to answer to as the petitioner did not provide enough evidence to sustain the allegations.
Ground 4 alleging bribery committed by Marape at Andawale ward 2, in the Tebi LLG on Sunday 25 June 2017, and Ground 7 which alleges undue influence committed by the sitting MP’s brother at Pai 2 ward, Tebi LLG, were struck out.
What now remains in the petition is ground one, which is a bribery allegation.
The bribery allegation relates to K10,000 cash that Marape allegedly gave to the President of the Tebi LLG and others at Paipali village, in Tari-Urban LLG, on Sunday 25th June 2017.
The trial continues this afternoon.
Marape will be calling in witnesses to give evidence against the remaining bribery allegation.
(Picture: Tari-Pori MP and Finance Minister James Marape addressing his supporters outside court)