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January 27, 2021
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Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has ordered an investigation into members of the police force who were involved in obtaining the bench warrant to arrest him as Prime Minister, along with two senior ministers.

Lawyers representing the Prime Minister and the two ministers also successfully obtained a stay order on the warrant of arrest today at the Waigani Committal Court.

 

An independent investigation team has been set up to conduct investigations into the matter.

 

Opposition Leader, Belden Namah, yesterday called on the Police Commissioner, Tom Kulunga, and members of the police force to execute a warrant for arrest issued in November last year to arrest Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill, Finance Minister, James Marape, and Treasury Minister, Don Polye.

 

He also gave a 72 hour ultimatum to the Commissioner to execute these arrests or he will file for contempt.

 

The orders claim that the trio had conspired with Paul Paraka of Paraka Lawyers to defraud the state of millions of kina.

 

The Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill, today in turn ordered an investigation into how the bench warrants were obtained when the investigation was handled by the Task Force Sweep team and was still pending.

 

He said a Stay order was successfully sought today at the Waigani Committal Court, the same court where the bench warrants were issued.

 

He said the investigation will be conducted by an independent team and everyone involved will be investigated. The Prime Minister is concerned that there are rogue police officers out there handling files and conducting arrests without the jurisdiction to do so.

 

Prime Minister, O’Neill regards Belden Namah as a danger to PNG. He said the actions he just took to arrest him was another desperate move to overthrow his legitimate government. 

 

He called on Namah to be responsible and not to portray a bad image of PNG to the outside world.

 

NCD Governor, Powes Parkop, also expressed concern at the way the warrants were obtained and as a lawyer explained how warrants are issued.

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