O’Neill’s case dismissed

An application by the Ialibu-Pangia MP, Peter O'Neill, seeking leave for a judicial review to be conducted into the purported arrest warrant issued in the District Court on Oct 11 has been refused.

The National Court today dismissed the proceeding because the warrant obtained for his arrest by police was withdrawn on Monday.

With no warrant in place, the National Court was of the view there is no utility for the proceeding to continue.

Justice Nicholas Miviri granted the state's application to have the judicial review dismissed and refused O'Neill's application seeking leave for a judicial review, as the subject of the proceeding – the warrant – was withdrawn early this week.

This means the restraining order preventing police from arresting O'Neill earlier is no longer in effect and police are at liberty to go back to the district court and apply for a new warrant. However, there was no indication from the state lawyers this afternoon as to when that will take place. 

Sally Pokiton