Council distances itself from Schram’s arrest

The current University of Technology Council says it has nothing to do with Dr. Albert Schram’s arrest on Tuesday, May 8.

Unitech reached an agreement with the former vice-chancellor following his judicial review proceedings, which were dismissed last month, to release Dr. Schram to leave the country with his final entitlements.

Since establishing this understanding, both parties have moved on.

Unitech understands that police are investigating a complaint lodged by the former council in 2012.

The university maintains its stance and clarified that it has nothing to do with these criminal investigations.

Dr Schram, who was arrested on Wednesday and charged with false pretence, is on K2,000 police bail.

He appeared in the Waigani Committal Court on yesterday (May 10) then returned today before the same court with his lawyer, seeking variations to be made to his bail conditions.

He asked the court to allow him to travel to Italy and bring back the original copy of his PhD certificate – which is the subject of this case.

The Committal Court will give its ruling on his application on Monday.

(Dr Albert Schram during his tenure as the UoT vice-chancellor)

Carolyn Ure