Court refuses applications on Parlt sitting

A five-man Supreme Court bench has refused five interested applications submitted this morning to be part of the proceedings in the case filed by Ialibu-Pangia MP, Peter O’Neill, on the court’s interpretation of the November 17th Parliament sitting.

The applications struck out include that by Prime Minister James Marape, Treasurer Ian Ling-Stuckey, Leader of Government business and Finance Minister Rainbo Paita, Clerk of Parliament and Paul Paraka.

The judgement was read out by Justice Derrick Hartshorn.

The bench said it was not satisfied with their submissions.

Lawyer representing the Opposition Leader, Alois Jerewai, who had made his client's intentions to be part of the proceedings, withdrew his application.

Lawyer representing the Speaker, Job Pomat, and the Attorney General, Pila Niningi, made it known to the court that they were not ready to reply to the submission to be made by O'Neill's lawyer regarding whether to stay or adjourn the December 1st Parliament sitting.

Both the Speaker and Attorney General's application to be interveners were granted leave last week.

Court has again adjourned to 2.30pm.

Jemimah Sukbat