Paul Paraka

Paraka Cleared

The decision was handed down today by Magistrate Ernest Wilmot and brings to end a long legal tussle between Paraka and the state.

After seven years of a long drawn out legal battle, the Waigani District Court today dismissed all 22 criminal charges levelled against lawyer Paul Paraka.

The charges are in relation ‘purported legal bills’.

The 22 criminal charges include; 10 counts of Conspiracy to Defraud, six counts of Stealing by False Pretense, three counts of Misappropriation/Dishonestly Applying, and three counts of Money Laundering.

Paraka seeks to stop indictment presentation

On 10 December 2018, Paul Paraka was cleared by the Committal Court of 27 charges of conspiracy, stealing and money laundering. The charges were laid on 31 July 2014 following investigations by the abolished Investigation Task Force Sweep. Following its disbandment, the District Court saw the charges as an abuse of court process, dismissing the case.

Paraka delayed filing review

The court refused to grant leave due to the lengthy delay in Paraka seeking leave to review those decisions.

The Principal of Paul Paraka Lawyers, filed an Originating Summons on March 8, seeking leave to have 11 government decisions judicially reviewed.

They include decisions of the District Courts, Fraud Squad, the disbanded Investigation Task Force Sweep team, the Prime Minister and NEC, Attorney General, BSP and others made between August 2011 and February 2018.

Paraka seeks review of government decisions

Paraka briefly appeared in person before Justice Les Gavara-Nanu today, for the judicial review proceeding he recently filed.

The matter was adjourned to April 10.

He indicated withdrawing two other Judicial review proceedings he filed last year and asked for a special fixture date to be set so he can move his leave application.

He is seeking leave of the National Court to review 11 decisions of government authorities, including those of the District court that were made between 2012 and 2017.

Paraka hits back

He has now instituted legal action in the National Court to invalidate all the actions of the executive government and the Sweep Team.

In a packed media conference last Friday, Paraka said it took him five solid years to do his research after his downfall and he is confident that he is ready to take those responsible for his downfall down.

He is seeking court orders for the criminal charges and actions of the Sweep Team and Executive Government which are unconstitutional and invalid.

Pala’s case dismissed in District Court

The case in which Pala was arrested and charged for on Nov 2, 2015, with one count of defeating the course of justice, perverting the course of justice and abuse of office, was dismissed today.

All three counts involve allegations that he tried to prevent the course of justice when he consented to a stay application to stop the arrest of Prime Minister Peter O’Neill for official corruption on June 17, 2014.

The case was formally dismissed from the Committal Court today by Magistrate John Kaumi following a Supreme Court ruling on July 21.