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Committal Court Dismisses Hamou’s Case

Former Deputy Secretary for the Treasurer, Aloysius Hamou, had his case dismissed by the Waigani National Court this morning.

The case was dismissed on the grounds that Hamou was only following directions from Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill, in his capacity as the Deputy Secretary.

Hamou was charged with two counts of misappropriation and abuse of office. Both charges were dismissed.

The case is in relation to the purchasing of two Israeli generators in 2013.

Hamou was the Deputy Treasury Secretary when the alleged offence occurred.

This morning he appeared before Senior Magistrate Cosmas Bidar, and was represented by principal lawyer, Tiffany Twivey.

This case has been undergoing committal proceedings for over a year.

On July 5, Hamou’s lawyer John Griffin told magistrate Bidar that there was not enough evidence to sustain the two charges against his client.

The court heard that Hamou only followed orders from the Prime Minister when he allocated funds to Bank of PNG for the payment of the two generators.

However, police prosecution argued that Hamou, in his role, had the authority to refuse to sign the documents, or alternatively should have sought clarification before signing the documents.

Hamou was criminally charged last July by officers from the National Fraud and Anti-Corruption Directorate for the purchase of the generators.

This morning, the case was dismissed on the grounds that Hamou was only following orders, and that there was an Act of Parliament in place for the purchasing of the generators.

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