Ijivitari

Wangillen asks court to quash conviction

His lawyer made submissions in court this afternoon on an appeal he filed against the decision of the Waigani National Court.

Wangillen was found guilty on Feb 19, 2015, by the National Court for conspiring with another person and misappropriating K400,000, monies belonging to the Ijivitari District.

He was sentenced on June 11, 2015, to five years in jail.

The appeal against conviction was on three main grounds. A three-man Supreme Court heard submissions today and reserved its ruling to this Friday.

Ijivitari’s former district Treasurer appeals sentence

Wangillen was found guilty on Feb 19, 2015 by the National Court for conspiring with another person and misappropriating K400,000, monies belonging to the Ijivitari District.

He was sentenced on June 11, 2015 to five years in prison.

The appeal against his conviction and sentencing will be heard on Oct 25. The date for the hearing was set yesterday after the case came for directions hearing.

Managalas Plateau considered for conservation to protect Birdwing butterfly

The endangered Queen Alexandra’s Birdwing butterfly is endemic to the area.

Minister for Environment and Conservation John Pundari said PNG has a lot of endangered species and conservation is very important.

Pundari explained that while the plateau is considered for conservation, finding alternatives for the people to sustain their livelihood is a challenge.