Court

This week in court reviewed

Western Governor Ati Wobiro was found guilty of conspiring with two others to misappropriate funds by the National Court on Tuesday while Eastern Highlands Governor Julie Soso was given a penalty fine of K15,000 for disobeying orders of the Supreme Court on Thursday.

Soso indicated she will pay that fine by Friday while Wobiro remains detained at Bomana awaiting a bail application that is expected to be heard next Monday (Aug 1).

PM’s lawyer: No court case filed to stop Vote

Prime Minister’s lawyer, Tiffany Twivey-Nonggorr clarified this afternoon that they have not and will not be filing any proceeding to stop the Vote of No Confidence taking place.

Her comments came after a rumoured post was made on social media, Facebook claiming that the Prime Minister’s legal team made submissions in court today seeking a court order to stop the vote taking place.

“I can assure you I have been sitting in my office all day doing admin paperwork. People are trying to create rumours,speculation and chaos.

Mangos served police investigation files

He returned to the Waigani Committal Court this morning for mention with his lawyer after the court gave directions on July 6 to Fraud investigators from the National Fraud and Anti-Corruption Directorate to serve their completed investigation files on him that same day.

His lawyer told the court they have received the files and asked for a two week adjournment to peruse them and prepare submissions in response to the allegations by police.   

Mangos is expected back in court on July 26. His bail of K5,000 is extended till then.

Court: Recall parliament within 5 days

An order was also made to the clerk of parliament to place the notice of motion of no-confidence against the Prime Minister as the first item of business of parliament on the first day of sitting.

In a unanimous decision, Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia, Deputy Chief Justice Sir Gibbs Salika and Justice Collin Makail granted a declaration that the motion of no-confidence against the Prime Minister complied with technical requirements of section 145 of the Constitution and Standing Orders 22 and 130.

Wobiro’s verdict to be known next month

The matter was listed for the court to give its ruling on the verdict of the three; however that was adjourned to July 22. The trial was held in Daru in April this year.    

Governor Wobiro, Dr Gumoi and May are facing identical charges of misappropriating funds totaling K7.9 million, charges that arose from counts of abuse of office, conspiracy to defraud and misappropriation of public funds.

On May 25, parties presented submissions on what should be the verdict of the trial.

Investigation files served to cops

Police Prosecutions served copies of the investigation files or hand-up briefs to Samuel Turi, Arnold Zilong, Tuom Tutuk, Ronald Nelson, Carl Inoumba and Jeremiah Buigen when they all returned to court on Wednesday with their lawyer, Frederick Lunge, at the Waigani Committal Court.

Their lawyer sought an adjournment to peruse those files and prepare submissions. This was allowed by the court as the files were bulky. They will return to court on July 28.

Students told to serve UPNG admin

The matter came before Justice David Cannings this afternoon who refused to hear the application as respondents in the application were not served the notice of motion.

This is a fresh proceeding and the motion was filed on June 17. 

Justice Cannings described the ‘non-service’ on the part of the lawyer representing the students as an ‘ambush’ on the respondents.

UPNG Registrar Jennifer Popat is the first respondent, the UPNG Senate is the second respondent while the state is the third respondent.

Man pleads guilty to Necrophilia (sex with the dead)

Patrick Paul Kaulela (42) today pleaded guilty before Deputy Chief Justice Sir Gibbs Salika to sexually interfering with a corpse.

Kaulela after pleading guilty had the case of Necrophilia against him discharged as he had already served his punishable time in custody.

He was arrested on Oct 29, 2014 and charged under section 236 (b) of the Criminal Code for indecently interfering with a corpse. A charge that is punishable for a term not exceeding two years.

Case against Justice Sakora dismissed

Magistrate John Kaumi handed down a ruling on an application that was moved by Sir Bernard’s lawyer Loani Henao, asking the court to dismiss the case.

The Committal Court found it does not have jurisdiction to prosecute or commence a criminal proceeding against Sir Bernard, who occupies a judicial office because certain laws were not complied with. 

Government to implement court orders on refugees

Speaking at the famous radio talk-back show this morning, O’Neill said his government took the honour to support the refugee camp in Manus because PNG has an obligation to fulfill as one of the member of the regional countries in the Pacific.

He said government officials from both Australia and PNG have been in discussions regarding the issue for the past weeks in Port Moresby and Cairns.

However, O’Neill said he is yet to be briefed on their discussions.