Leadership Tribunal

Leadership Tribunal Clears Basil

He has thanked Prime Minister, James Marape for having confidence in him and his innocence throughout the leadership tribunal. Basil made this remarks outside the courthouse today after the Leadership Tribunal dismissed his case.

“I want to thank the Prime Minister for keeping my Deputy Prime Minister seat empty during the last two sessions of Parliament and my Ministry. I would like to say thank you to the Prime Minister for his understanding, as United Labour Party is a good coalition partner of the Pangu Government. 

Basil Before Tribunal

Basil is facing allegations of misconduct in office. He appeared before Justice Allen David, Chief Magistrate for Lands Mark Selefkariu and Magistrate Josephine Kilage.  

The leader by law is suspended from conducting his official duties once the Public Prosecutor presents the allegations of misconduct before the tribunal.

Public Prosecuto Pondros Kaluwin however did not present the allegations today.

The next hearing has been adjourned to 6th of August.

Pruaitch suspended

Chief Justice Sir Gibbs Salika today announced the appointment of a Leadership Tribunal to inquire into allegations against Pruaitch.

The appointment follows a request by the Public Prosecutor, Pondros Kaluwin, to the Chief Justice under Section 27(2) and 27(7)(e) of the Organic Law on the Duties and Responsibilities of Leadership.

The Tribunal is to be chaired by Justice Nicholas Miviri while its other members are senior magistrates Michael Apie’e and Nancy Lipai.

The date of inquiry will be set by the Tribunal.

Tribunal awaits Pruaitch’s appeal

Members of the tribunal, led by Chairman and Deputy Chief Justice Sir Gibbs Salika, adjourned the hearing pending the outcome of an appeal Pruaitch filed in July.

The appeal is on the jurisdiction of the tribunal, whether the leader has the right to be heard by the Ombudsman Commission after “further” investigations on the allegations.

Pruaitch faces tribunal

This comes after the Chief Justice, Sir Salamo Injia, today announced the appointment of two senior magistrates who will assist Chairman of the Leadership Tribunal and Deputy Chief Justice, Sir Gibbs Salika, to enquire into the misconduct allegations against Pruaitch.

The Aitape-Lumi MP was referred by the Ombudsman Commission in 2008 to the tribunal over allegations of misconduct in office following investigations.

Namah dismissal recommendation stayed

This follows the grant of leave today for Namah's lawyers to file judicial review in the National Court.

Justice Oagile Bethuel Key Dinake granted leave to Namah to apply for Judicial Review against the decision of the Leadership Tribunal that was delivered on April 9.

The court will review the decision of the Leadership Tribunal, in particular, the tribunal's failure to give Namah an opportunity to address the tribunal on penalties after he was found guilty of nine counts of misconduct in office.

Court wants full transcripts of Namah’s tribunal

This is the judicial review case which Namah filed seeking leave of the court to judicially review the process in which he was found guilty by the Leadership Tribunal and recommended for dismissal.

Arguments of the leave application were heard on May 30 by Justice Oagile Bethuel Key Dinake and a decision reserved.  

During submission on May 30, Namah’s lawyer, while seeking leave, put to court that the tribunal members fell into a constitutional error in not following due process in the appointment of the tribunal.

Group calls on Governor to step aside

The Group said with the decision of the decade-old Tribunal still hanging over his head, he should clear his name before he continues his role, especially in dealing with the Papua LNG Project.

The pressure group said they do not want the Governor to move ahead with plans for the Papua LNG Project until the decade-old leadership tribunal is concluded.

Pressure group coordinator, Miro Peter, said the project is bigger than the Governor.

Haiveta responds to leadership tribunal statement

Governor Haiveta said the statements by the AG were unbecoming of a leader, improper and was an attempted interference in the roles of independent legal entities.

He also said the statements were preposterous and he does not believe there was a case to answer to.

Minister for Justice and Attorney General, Steven, was quoted in one of the dailies last week saying the leadership tribunal could be reconvened and the charges revived and that Haiveta was still bound by law to answer to the charges.

Namah calls on OC to revive charges

Namah said this following the recommendation by the Leadership Tribunal on Monday for his dismissal.

The outspoken leader said he has been singled out following the events of the political impasse and will challenge the tribunal’s decision.

In a media conference this afternoon, Namah said from the outset that as a leader he is bound by the laws of the land and accepts any error of judgement on his part.

However he said the tribunal’s ruling on a single count was harsh and oppressive and he will challenge it.