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Kulunga applies for Slip Rule

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A decision on a slip rule application filed by Former Police Commissioner, Toami Kulunga will be delivered on March 3rd.

The application was filed before the Waigani National Court seeking a leave for Judicial Review of Kulunga’s decision of 2016.

The application went before Justice Pannuel Mogish this morning.

It was filed on grounds that there were misapprehensions in the initial verdict that was delivered in 2016.

This case is in relation to the termination of another former Police Commissioner, Geoffrey Vaki in 2012.

In the submissions in 2016, it was argued that despite a court order to reinstate Vaki, Kulunga terminated him two days after the order was issued.

On 19 December 2016, a three man bench sentenced Kulunga to seven months imprisonment at the Bomana Jail, outside Port Moresby.

The slip rule application today, was made on four grounds. They include; the separation of powers in the Police Force and; the charges against Kulunga at that time were still pending.

Kulunga’s lawyer submitted that Statutory Powers override the Court Orders, though Kulunga was acting within his powers, to terminate Vaki as a member of the Police Force.

A decision on whether a leave will be granted will be handed down in the next two weeks.


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