Namah served contempt documents

​The Vanimo Green MP, Belden Namah, has been served with documents pertaining to a contempt of court proceeding filed against him by Prime Minister Peter O’Neill.

Before a scheduled media conference today, Namah was served the documents by Twivey Lawyers at his home in Port Moresby.

Namah said he will challenge the proceeding saying there is no case against him.

Just minutes after being served, Namah said the contempt proceeding was a delay tactic to deviate, deflect and downplay the main issue which were the alleged corrupt allegations against the Prime Minister.

The contempt proceeding relates to statements made by Namah in a media conference two weeks ago regarding the warrant of arrest against the Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill.

It is alleged by O’Neill that Namah’s statements were intended to impair the impartiality of a Supreme Court proceeding regarding the warrant.

Namah said as a leader, he has the right to criticise the action of other elected MP’s and will do so for the country.

“I got not case to answer. I’m a leader of this country and as a leader I must criticize the actions of other leaders.

“We must be prepared to be corrected and to be criticized. Not to come up with petty actions to suppress and intimidate, Namah said.

Meantime, earlier in the day, Madang MP, Bryan Kramer, was also served with contempt charges by Twivey Lawyers for statements he made surrounding the warrant of arrest issue.

Responding via phone message to TV Wan, Kramer said he welcomed the proceedings and was looking forward to defend the claims in court.

Cedric Patjole