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Czuba Ordered to Register IBS University

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Higher Education Secretary, Father Jan Czuba, has been ordered by the National Court to register IBS University, and to give full cooperation to the University to operate, and allow enrollment of students in order to start the 2018 academic year without causing any administrative delays.

Justice Derek Hartshorn yesterday, reminded Fr. Jan of his obligation to comply with the Court Orders, whilst extending the interim orders by IBS to close of Business next Friday, to refrain Father Jan from taking further administrative steps under the Higher Education (General Provision Act).

A notice of Motion filed by DHERST Secretary’s Lawyer on Monday, could not be heard yesterday morning. The lawyers did not comply with the rules of the Court to properly plead the grounds upon which the defendants sought dismissal.

The notice of motion was to dismiss proceedings filed by IBS University on 4th January 2018 and to set aside the interim orders granted on 4th January 2018, which allowed the registration of IBS as a private university and the operation as a University in PNG pending determination of the legal issues surrounding the establishment of IBS university raised by Fr Jan Czuba as Acting Secretary for DHERST.

The Court adjourned the application to next Friday at 9:30am for hearing and allowed an opportunity for Father Jan’s lawyers to rectify the defect in the application.

This is the third consecutive unsuccessful attempt by the lawyer to set aside the orders; the first two attempts were on the 12th and 19th January 2018.

IBSU Lawyer, Wailyo Mapiso, told EMTV, he has given notice to Fr Jan Czuba through his lawyers, putting him on notice that after 8:00a.m.next Monday, he will be charged with the offence of contempt of court for deliberate disobedience of a Court Order not to register IBS University over the last 20 days since the Court orders have been issued.

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