Kramer directed to engage lawyer

Member for Madang and Opposition MP Bryan Kramer has been directed by the Supreme Court to engage a lawyer in the application he filed, challenging the 18-month grace period ruling.

Kramer appeared before Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia for directions on Monday.

He was given another two weeks to engage a lawyer to assist him and conduct the case on his behalf.

The matter will return to court on April 3.

Kramer is seeking to reopen the case from 2015 that was decided on by a five-man Supreme Court bench.

He believes the Supreme Court’s ruling not to decrease the 18-month grace period was unconstitutional.

He wants the 18-month grace period to be reduced to 12 months.

The case is to return to court next month for further directions before a hearing date can be set.

Meanwhile, the contempt motion that was filed against the five opposition MPs regarding comments they raised in relation to Prime Minister Peter O’Neill’s arrest warrant has been further adjourned for another month.

The contempt motions against Patrick Pruaitch, Kerenga Kua, Sir Mekere Morauta and Bryan Kramer will be heard first.

Vanimo Green MP, Belden Namah, is yet to be served.  It is understood a motion was filed last week seeking a warrant for his arrest, which will be heard tomorrow.

(Member for Madang and Opposition MP Bryan Kramer)

Sally Pokiton