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July 28, 2021

PM’s Case Twist In Court

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The drama in the warrant of arrest for Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill, faced another twist in the court’s today at Waigani.

Justice Ewe Kariko adjourned the case to Wednesday 25th June, to allow new police lawyer, Paul Mawa, to prepare submissions on why the court should entertain the consent.


This sees the extension of standing orders by the court’s for police not to arrest the Prime Minister and interfere with the investigation.


Tension was high this morning at the Waigani Court House as hundreds gathered to witness the Prime Minister’s case.


The anxious crowd flooded the court room resulting in a commotion, causing police personnel, to step-in and disperse everyone.


This happened moments before the case commenced.


However, more drama unfolded in the court room as new police lawyer Paul Mawa fronted Justice Kariko to represent the police and replace Lawyer Nicholas Miviri.


Mr Mawa told the court, he was instructed by Acting Police Commissioner, Geoffrey Vaki and the newly appointed Attorney General, Ano Pala.


Mr Mawa then supported Lawyer Tiffany Twivey to obtain a stay order and pushed for consent, but was refused by Justice Kariko.


Lawyer Mawa was given a week to consult the police hierarchy and prepare submissions.


Ousted Police Lawyer, Nicholas Miviri could not comment on the turnout in the court room today.


Meanwhile, the warrant of arrest for Mr O’Neill will not take effect until a decision is handed down when the case resumes next week Wednesday.


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