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June 13, 2021
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Baki to Invite PM O’Neill for Interrogation

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Police Commissioner Gari Baki said he will officially invite Prime Minister Peter O’Neill for questioning in regards to allegations in the Paraka Bills payment.

Baki has also welcomed the decision by the court however has not provided details when to serve the Warrant of Arrest.

Commissioner Baki has engaged Assistant Commissioner Crimes, Victor Isouve, and Director of Fraud and Anti-Corruption Chief, Superintendent Mathew Damaru, to work with him before an official letter is given to PM O’Neill to be brought in for questioning.

“ I have had an executive brief on the case made available to me by Director Fraud and Anti-Corruption Chief Superintendent Mathew Damaru through Assistant Commissioner Crimes Victor Isouve,” said Baki.

“It must be appreciated that actions on this investigation leading up to the issuance of the warrant of arrest were taken prior to my appointment as Police Commissioner. In fact I am the second Commissioner in office after the warrant of arrest was issued for the Prime Minister. However, neither myself, nor the previous Police Commissioner have been made privy to or have had an appreciation of the investigation”, Baki added.

The warrant of arrest was initially issued to the Prime Minister in 2014.

However, this afternoon the Supreme Court has stayed the warrant of arrest against Prime Minister Peter O’Neill.

Chief Justice, Sir Salamo Injia heard from Mr O’Neill’s lawyer that the National Court Ruling by Justice Collins Makail did not consider two Supreme Court binding references when passing the decision to remove the stay on the warrant of arrest.

The case has been adjourned.

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