Paraka seeks review of government decisions

Principal of Paul Paraka Lawyers has gone before the National Court with an Originating Summons which was filed on 8 March.

Paraka briefly appeared in person before Justice Les Gavara-Nanu today, for the judicial review proceeding he recently filed.

The matter was adjourned to April 10.

He indicated withdrawing two other Judicial review proceedings he filed last year and asked for a special fixture date to be set so he can move his leave application.

He is seeking leave of the National Court to review 11 decisions of government authorities, including those of the District court that were made between 2012 and 2017.

He instituted the case seeking relief of the court to invalidate all actions of the Executive Government and the Sweep Team.

Paraka will be seeking orders of the court to declare the criminal charges and actions of the Sweep Team and Executive Government unconstitutional and invalid.

He is also seeking damages and compensation for the destruction of his law firm, among others.

There are 16 defendants listed in this Originating Summons.

They include Magistrates Cosmas Bidar and Mekeo Gauli of the Waigani District Court, Chief Inspector Timothy Gitua- Deputy Director of Fraud Squad and members of the Investigation Task Force Sweep Team, Sam Koim as chairman and Police Commissioner Gari Baki.

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and Chairman of NEC, Attorney General Steven Davis, Former Attorney General and minister in charge of ITFS Kerenga Kua, Foreign Affairs minister Rimbink Pato, BSP Ltd and others.

Sally Pokiton