Peter O'Neill

Court: Serve Chief Magistrate documents

Lawyers representing Prime Minister Peter O’Neill filed an urgent application yesterday morning, to ask the Supreme Court to stay the dismissal of the National Court review, pending the appeal.

They went before Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia this morning after directions were issued yesterday for court documents to be served on the Solicitor General and the state, including the Chief Magistrate.

Baki urged to enforce warrant

In a media conference yesterday, Namah said the entire country is now watching Baki after the National Court decision that dismissed a judicial review of the arrest warrant.

“The entire country is now watching you. You are duty bound as the Police Commissioner to enforce the laws of this country.”

Namah has also called on Prime Minister Peter O’Neill to respect the decision of the court and to go in for questioning.

He said O’Neill had a constitutional duty to the people of PNG to do so.

PM will appeal court decision

“Due to various inconsistencies with previous rulings and established precedents, we are disappointed with the decision that was handed down and will exercise our legal right of appeal to a higher court,” the Prime Minister said.

“We will continue to challenge these issues because the initial complaint was politically motivated and has serious implications for the transparency of legal process in our country.

“This matter was initiated by Belden Namah and pursued by Don Polye through their complaint for purely political gains.

PM confident in new ministers

A total of 25 ministers were sworn-in by the Governor General Sir Bob Dadae today at the Government House in Port Moresby.

“There’s a good wealth of experience and young talent leaders who have come in to save our country in the next few years.

“I know that they will give it their best of ability to serve the nation and the people and today is the beginning of that.”

O’Neill said the first cabinet meeting will be held tomorrow to begin the work that is ahead of them to meet the aspirations of the people and the country.

Lawyers to seek stay on PM’s arrest

This was made known in court today after the National Court dismissed the case challenging the legality of the arrest warrant that was taken out against the Prime Minister in June 2014.

With the dismissal of the judicial review case and dismissal of the stay orders preventing the arrest, it now means that police can execute that arrest on the PM.

Director of the National Fraud and Anti-Corruption Directorate, Matthew Damaru, said the onus is now on Police Commissioner Gari Baki to act on the warrant.

Legality of PM’s arrest warrant not reviewable

Justice Collin Makail today said the subject of the case, the arrest warrant, was not reviewable and was an abuse of the court process.

In dismissing the judicial review, he said the criminal process and procedures should not be stopped by a civil court or proceeding.

He said the criminal process is about fairness and must ensure it is heard in a reasonable time and no miscarriage of justice.

​Momis congratulates O’Neill

In his letter, President Momis emphasised the need for continued cooperation and for both governments to work together to jointly address challenges. 

His letter emphasised the need for continued close engagement in relation to the forthcoming referendum, and the importance of ensuring that autonomy arrangements work effectively.

“The formation of the tenth Parliament of Papua New Guinea will play an important role in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville’s drive towards self-determination,” Momis told PM Peter O’Neill.

Central LOs condemn Duma’s appointment

In a statement, Gabadi-Manumanu Land Committee chairman, John Daroa, said: “This is because William Duma is under investigation in the controversial Manumanu land deal in Kairuku district while he was the minister for public enterprise and state investments in the last government.

“The outcome of the investigation by the police fraud squad, administrative inquiry and Ombudsman Commission is yet to be made public.”

PM appoints Caretaker Cabinet

By virtue of the powers conferred by Section 148 of the Constitution, O’Neill appointed an eight men cabinet for a period of two weeks.

The eight including himself will run the affairs of the country before the first parliament sitting.

The eight include:

O'Neill sworn in

O'Neill was formally sworn in at 3:56pm by Governor-General Sir Bob Dadae.

This follows his election, 60-46, by parliament moments earlier.

Present to witness was New Ireland Governor Sir Julius Chan, Western Highlands Governor, Paias Wingti, and several returning and new MPs.

Also present was his wife, Lynda Babao-O'Neill, who was emotional and embraced her husband before formalities.

A brief toast to end the formalities was followed by a chat with guests before Sir Dadae departed.

O'Neill is on his way to Parliament.