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June 14, 2021

Constant Dialogue

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A Senior Court Magistrate has called for effective communication between police prosecution and investigating officers, especially those involved in the prosecution of court cases before the Waigani Committal Court.

“There should be constant dialogue between the investigation team and prosecution team,” said Magistrate Bidar.

He made these statements when adjourning a court case involving a Bangladesh man facing four counts of forgery charges.

30 year-old Sumon Dewan is accused of producing fake government documents like driver’s license, school certificates and work permits.

Appearing from an extended court bail of K2,000, Dewan’s lawyer told the courts, three months had lapsed and investigating officers had not completed Dewan’s court files.

Thus it was common practice to have the cases strike out.

However police prosecution told the courts they needed another adjournment to give time to police to complete investigations.

Magistate Bidar said those were serious allegations and adjourned the case for two more weeks.

“These are government documents and should only be produced by government officials, these are serious allegations, I will adjourn the case for two more weeks,”

The matter will return to court for final mention on 28th October 2019.

By Theckla Gunga, EMTV News, Port Moresby

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