PM O’Neill loses bid to prevent anti-corruption investigation

This follows a PNG Supreme Court ruling today dismissing O’Neill’s  attempt to stop the Task Force Sweep from investigating him.

A three-man bench of the Supreme Court at 9.30 am dismissed all orders preventing  the Task Force Sweep from further investigating the matter.

Man allegedly released on ‘snake bail’

Joe Walyo of Yapanda village, Wapenamanda, Enga Province appeared from custody at the Committal court after an arrest warrant was executed against him. He was re-arrested after he failed to turn up in court after he was released on K300 bail.   

Walyo told the court he did not attend court after he was released on Feb 20 because the police officer he allegedly paid his bail amount of K300 to did not give him a date to return to court.

Dress appearance in court is important – Sir Salamo

He said the legal and judicial profession is a discipline organisation and the personal appearance of lawyers and judges is also important.

He told the new lawyers that personal appearance of the profession that is observed in courts in other common law jurisdictions should be no different in the country.

NICTA Act prosecution need to be clear

Whilst there has been an increasing number of cases listed before the Waigani Committal Court on the improper use of ICT services, who is responsible for the prosecution of those cases is yet to be finalised.

This will have to be finalised between the office of the Public Prosecutor, the Police Prosecution office and the National Information & Communications Technology Authority.

The NICTA act includes the abuse of ICT services to insult or cause annoyance to another person.

PM’s contempt motion against Koim dismissed

Justice Collin Makail in his ruling this morning found the application was incompetent and upheld Sam Koim’s objection to the motion to dismiss it.

The motion was moved on Nov 19, 2015 by the Prime Minister‘s lawyer, Mal Varitimos. The motion alleged that Koim breached an order of the National Court from July 2014.  

That order was issued restraining him from discussing matters relating to the proceeding in the public including the media (whether print, electronic, social or otherwise).

Duo get 30 years for British man’s death

The National Court sentenced Taita Prichard (42) and her cousin James Paru(35) to serve the remaining 29 years and 9 months after they spent three months in custody.

Prichard, a Papua New Guinean and naturalized Australian citizen was found guilty of planning and using Paru to willfully murder her former lover, John Hulse at Napanapa outside Port Moresby on July 23,2011.

The court found Paru, a former military personnel, shot John Hulse with a gun using bullets he bought at Sabama.

Enga youths in court for burning cemetery

The Waigani District Court today transferred the matter to Wabag where the alleged offense was committed.

Bonac Lambu and Frank Joe, both of Iamele village in the Laiagam district of Enga Province yesterday appeared at the Waigani District Court.

Both were arrested in Port Moresby and will now have their case transferred back to Wabag town after Criminal Investigation Detectives in Wabag made a request.

Soldiers on bail to appear tomorrow

The accused; Jude Nidung, David Travolta, Gregory Tuaki, Alwin Matiabe, Tobias Samson, Kenneth Yangun were allowed K5, 000 bail each by the National Court on November 16.

Justice Panuel Mogish in allowing bail issued strict conditions including a curfew restricting their movements outside the barracks between 6pm and 6am.

Arrest warrant finally executed, after 7 years

 Police officers based at the Gordon police station executed the warrant after a tip off from locals on Tuesday night (Nov 17).

Betty Koim of the Western Highlands Province was committed by the District Court in Hagen to stand trial at the National Court on March 26, 2006.

Cooks chiefs urge family to solve issues outside of court

Up to 24 high chiefs from various islands belong to the parliamentary body and provide feedback on policy issues such as permanent residence and preserving traditions.

Last month a draft practice note written by the country's law society and judges was accidentally released which detailed proposed changes to occupational rights.

It suggested granting occupational rights for 60 years instead of indefinitely which was met with overwhelming opposition from traditional chiefs.