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Court Impose Injunction On Namah’s Tribunal

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The National Court of Justice has issued an injunction to restrain a Leadership Tribunal to further inquire into allegations of misconduct by Vanimo-Green MP, Belden Namah.

Namah sought relief for a permanent injunction, but was instead granted with a temporary one.

Namah argued that the tribunal was biased in dealing with his matter.

Mr Namah argued, in this human rights proceeding, that the current tribunal which presided over his allegation of misconduct in office, was biased and in breach of natural justice.

Human rights Judge, Justice David Cannings, agreed with his submissions and issued a temporary injunction in the interest of justice.

Namah’s allegations of misconduct in office came after he stormed into the Courtroom where Chief Justice, Sir Salamo Injia, was presiding over a case in 2012.

He ordered police and soldiers to arrest Sir Salamo for interacting with Justice Nicholas Kirriwom, while there were two Supreme Court references on foot to determine the legality of the then O’neill/Namah Government.

The National Court refused Namah’s submission that the appointment of the Tribunal by Chief Justice was unlawful or improper on the fact that he was a victim and a witness.

Justice Cannings granted Namah’s bid for an injunction to restrain the Tribunal to inquire and determine Namah’s allegations.

The Court granted Namah’s submission, that the conduct of the leadership tribunal during the course of litigation did give rise to a reasonable apprehension of bias on their part.

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