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June 29, 2022

Lae Mayor Court Case Adjourned Again

The Lae district Court has adjourned the Lae Lord Mayor case after a lawyer representing the complainant, didn’t have a practicing certificate.

Senior Provincial Magistrate, Jeremiah Singomat, adjourned the case to a later date. The council’s from both teams met today to decide on a time and date.


Magistrate Singomat also revealed in court that one of the groups tried to tamper with the court.


The case has been in court since September last year after the election. Today it was supposed to start, and like most political court cases, supporters came in numbers.


Present where both groups represented by their lawyers. It’s understood that representatives’ from the Electoral commission were absent.


But the case was adjourned yet again, because the law firm representing the complainant is still waiting for a practicing certificate.


This case has been in and out of court since late last year, after Former Lord Mayor, James Khay appealed against the election victory of Koim Triuly Leah.


Khay said last year that he would appeal against Koim Triuly Leah’s victory and he has done so.


Meanwhile, the Magistrate Singomat has raised concerns about a possible case, also revealed in the courtroom, that on the weekend a bilum of food was taken to his home.


He says he won’t be intimidated by anyone involved in the case and that he will pay back the money they spent. He has asked for them to come forward.


The attempt to bribe him has drawn public attention to the case.


This isn’t the first time. Senior Provincial Magistrate has had to tell people involved in high profile cases, to never tamper with the courts of the country.


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