PNG Chief Justice Suspended

11 11 2011

The Chief Justice of Papua New Guinea, Sir Solomon Injia has been suspended by the National Executive Council for contempt charges, with further allegations of double-dipping into housing entitlements and the abuse of the Salaries and Remuneration Commission.

PNG's Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia. Photo: The National

Acting Prime Minister, Mr Belden Namah made this startling announcement yesterday afternoon after a cabinet meeting. He added that there was overwhelming evidence on file dating as far back as 2009 to support this decision and people implicated in those files may most likely face charges of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

Mr Namah also announced that a tribunal bench was also setup to investigate these allegations. The Chair of the Bench is former Judge Paul Akuram, Justice Collin McCall and Justice George Manu.

Deputy Chief Justice Gibbs Salika will be acting Chief Justice while Bernard Sakora becomes the Acting Deputy Chief Justice for the duration of the suspension and investigation.

The Attorney General, Dr Alan Marat, when queried if this had anything to do with the current case before the Supreme Court questioning the legality of the O’Neil-Namah Government strongly denied any link but stated clearly that this was strictly an “NEC decision that was arrived at collectively by the cabinet.”

The Prime Minister, Mr Peter O’Neil is understood to be in Hawaii for the APEC Summit.

Source: PNG FM and the ABC



One response

22 11 2011
Nathan Matbob

Judiciary has teeth to bite back. Be careful NEC!!


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