Court issues orders against Blogger

Blogger Martyn Namarong has been restrained from further publishing defamatory remarks against Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato on Twitter and Facebook.

The Waigani National Court this afternoon granted the orders sought to Commissioner Gamato after his lawyer moved an application before Justice Collin Makail.

The urgent application was moved without Namarong in court because they could not locate him to serve the documents. The application was heard ex-parte.

This case arises from alleged defamatory remarks the blogger made on social media, associating Commissioner Gamato to a fruit.

Justice Makail granted the application, allowing for the serve of the orders to be published in both daily newspapers.

He also ordered for the matter to return to court July 25 before a Civil Court judge.

Sally Pokiton