Court

Duo guilty of misappropriating PNGTA monies

Andrick Yangro and Joan Kalama were convicted for misappropriating a total of K138,226.10 between the months of May and July in 2016.

Yangro was caretaker administration officer while Kalama was Chairperson of the board.

They were appointed on the interim board following the suspension of PNGTA l General Secretary Ugwalubu Mowana.  

The National Court reinstated Mowana on 21 July 2016.

That evening, around 7pm, Yangro got the payroll officer and took them to the PNGTA office to process payroll for the staff, an amount of K98,000.

Manase’s win challenged in court

He filed the petition challenging the election of rival Alfred Manase as Kandep MP.

Polye is alleging bribery, undue influence against Manase and illegal practices, errors and omission against the Electioral Commission in the petition.

A total of eight witnesses will be summoned by his lawyers to appear in court for the trial, on a date that is yet to be set.

Speaking to supporters outside court, he claims the election was rigged and has taken it to the Court of Disputed Returns.

He says the people of Papua New Guinea must stand up for what is far and right.

Week-in-review for court

Nineteen election petitions came for directions hearing, amongst those was the one filed against Madang MP Bryan Kramer http://www.looppng.com/png-news/duban-files-petition-against-kramer-67398 , the petition filed against Rigo MP Lekwa Gure http://www.looppng.com/png-news/pala-disputes-gure%E2%80%99s-win-67444 , East New Britain Governor, Nakikus Konga

Week in review – Court

“A case has been made out that he is a humble, gentle giant that has fallen,” Justice Ambeng Kandakasi made these remarks when giving his tribute on Wednesday at the funeral of the late Justice Salatiel Lenalia. See more http://www.looppng.com/png-news/judges-he-was-humble-giant-65340

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Baki to invite PM in for questioning

The police commissioner is set on inviting Prime Minister Peter O’Neill in for questioning.

http://www.looppng.com/png-news/baki-invite-pm-questioning-64614

 

Baki urged to enforce warrant

Vanimo-Green MP Belden Namah has called on Police Commissioner, Gari Baki, to enforce the warrant of arrest on Prime Minister Peter O’Neill.

6 year sentence for sexual assault

In most cases, it’s the breach of trust between known persons who perpetrate such crimes against children.

A man from East Sepik Province admitted before the Waigani National Court on Monday to sexually touching his niece at the family home in Port Moresby.

The 28-year-old was sentenced to six years in prison today.

He admitted to two counts of sexually touching his six-year-old niece in June of 2015. He is the first cousin of the victim’s father.

Candidates allege scrutineers excluded from counting

The 12 candidates who have filed a proceeding in the National Court on July 13, 2017 returned to court today.

Their lawyer, Paul Othas told the court that they are pursuing the case because there are allegations of polling officials and scrutineers being excluded from the counting process currently underway at the Rita Flynn courts.  

​Review: This week in court

While polling is ongoing and counting started in some areas around the country, it was business as usual for the courts.

On Thursday, a 25-year-old man from Tsak valley, Wapenamanda, Enga Province, appeared before the Waigani Committal Court after he was arrested for multiple voting.

Erik Pps was brought to court where his charges were read and explained to him after he was caught for voting three times on Friday, June 30.

He was caught at the Five-Mile Ridge polling booths in NCD around 2pm.

Bando files stay application against suspension

The motion was filed soon after the Waigani National Court agreed to review his suspension last month.

Leave was granted by Justice Les Gavara-Nanu after Bando’s lawyers established that there were serious issued to be tried and that he had sufficient interest in the case.

Bando’s lawyer returned to court today and the matter was set for hearing on Thursday.

They will be asking the court to stay his suspension from office. Bando is also seeking restraining orders against the Public Service Minister, Hela Provincial Executive Council and its Chairman Francis Potape.

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