Sam Koim

Hearing date set for Task Force Sweep appeal

The date was set today when the matter came for directions before Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia.

Directions were also issued by the court for parties to prepare, file and serve relevant court documents to each other before the case returns on April 10 further mention on the compliance of those orders.

The substantive appeal hearing will come before three judges. This is after the Supreme Court on Feb 15 agreed to hear the appeal.

This appeal was filed challenging the National Court’s decision to dismiss its judicial review proceeding.

Tentative dates to be set for ITFS appeal

The case came for listing on Thursday before Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia who indicated this in court.

Currently lawyers for the Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, and Sam Koim representing himself as Chairman of the Investigation Task Force Sweep team are still in the process of settling what is called the Index books which will be used to assist judges in the substantive appeal hearing.

The matter will return to court next week Tuesday (March 7) for further directions before a tentative date can be set for hearing.

Supreme Court allows appeal on ITFS disbanding to be heard

Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia on Wednesday afternoon ordered a stay against the National Court’s decision on Dec 2,2016 which dismissed the judicial review.

The review was filed by Sam Koim as Chairman of the Investigation Task Force Sweep team over its disbanding in 2014.

He filed an appeal on Jan 6, 2017 on 13 grounds against the decision of trial judge, Justice Collin Makail.

Koim appeal against decision to dismiss review

The Judicial review was filed in 2014 over the disbanding of the Investigation Task Force Sweep team; a body that National Court ruled was created as a result of a policy decision. 

Koim filed the appeal on Jan 6, 2017 listing Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, the National Executive Council, Attorney General Ano Pala and the state as respondents.

Koim and the Prime Minister’s lawyers appeared before Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia this morning for hearing, however that did not eventuate because the Prime Minister’s lawyers said they were not served the Notice of Motion.

Contempt motion against Koim adjourned

The matter briefly came for mention today before Justice Collin Makail, who adjourned the case to next year because the lawyer representing the Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill, did not confirm instructions on the next step in their motion.

The motion was filed on March 2, 2016, by O’Neill seeking contempt charges against Koim.

It is asking the National Court to punish Koim on contempt allegations that he breached an order of July 16, 2014, against discussing matters relating to the Task Force Sweep Team in the media.

Koim welcomes Singapore’s court decision

Koim said the decision is remarkable and a landmark decision where a foreign court for the first time investigated a case without PNG investigators asking them to probe that particular case.

He told Loop PNG that this was not the first case and many people have been implicated in it.

Koim said his team is aware of funds destined to the PNG Government but distributed offshore, but have difficulty in working with foreign jurisdictions to successfully start the investigation.

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).

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 Koim accused of contempt of court

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The Prime Minister’s lawyers involved in the review proceeding of NEC’s decision to abolish the Task Force Sweep are accusing Sweep chairman Sam Koim of contempt and subjudice.

 

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Koim accused of contempt of court

They filed a notice of motion before the National Court this morning to have Koim respond to the allegations on December 10.

Koim is alleged to have breached an order of the court from July 2014 when an order was issued restraining him from discussing matters relating to the proceeding (OS JR 444 of 2014) in the public including the media (whether print, electronic, social or otherwise).

This follows a full page paid advertisement by Koim on the progressive update of cases the Task Force sweep team had been working on.  It was published in yesterday’s National.

Task Force sweep review deferred

The trial or the judicial review was set down for November 19 and 20 however it will be held sometime after December 10.

The  trial was moved to a later date following an application for an adjournment that was filed by the Prime Minister Peter O’Neill’s lawyers this morning.

O’Neill’s lawyers filed the application seeking an adjournment after they alleged that the chairman of the Task Force Sweep, Sam Koim, breached an order of July 16, 2014 that was issued by Justice Les Gavara-Nanu.