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March 9, 2021

Namah: Warrant of Arrest

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Opposition’s Legal Counsel, Alowis Jerewai, has called on police to perform their constitutional duties under section 197 of the constitution.

This follows Opposition Leader, Belden Namah’s call for police to execute a warrant for arrest issued on the 23rd of November last year to arrest Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and 2 senior ministers.


However, Mr. Jerewai said the stay order obtained by the Prime Minister’s legal team is just a temporary relief.


Namah said they cannot question the process involved in obtaining that warrant for arrest.


Mr. Namah’s legal counsel and prominent lawyer, Alois Jerewai, said police have constitutional rights to execute this warrant for arrest.


He said they can only seek a stay order for that warrant arrest through the same court.


He also said the Prime Minister questioning the process involved in that warrant is an insult to Papua new Guineans performing their constitutional duties.


He said the magistrate who issued that document only performed his constitutional duty.


However, for now the prime minister and the other two others are relieved after their legal counsel successfully sought a stay order to that warrant.

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