Soso’s Sentence Set for Delivery

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The National Court in Port Moresby will hand down its decision in the Contempt of Court Case involving Eastern Highlands Governor, Julie Soso.

Soso was convicted on June 28 by the Waigani Supreme Court, after the court found that she signed a letter appointing Alvin Innamoi to assume the Provincial Administrator’s post, despite court orders to the contrary.

She was convicted by a three-man bench which included Justice David Cannings, Justice Allan David and Justice Hitelai Polume-Kiele.

Her other co-accused include Public Service Minister, Sir Puka Temu; Personnel Management Secretary, John Kali; acting Eastern Highlands Provincial Administrator, Samson Akunai; and second Acting Appointed Provincial Administrator, Alvin Innamoi.

The court found Soso’s co-accused not guilty as their actions were not in contempt of the court orders.

Submissions on Soso’s sentence have been made and a verdict is expected to be delivered come Thursday.

Soso is the first female governor found guilty of contempt.

Theckla Gunga

graduated with an Arts Degree from the University of Papua New Guinea, with majors in Journalism and Public Relations. Her passion in news gathering lies in reporting on Crime and Court stories. She is into her third year reporting with EMTV and loves the challenge of being in a once male dominated field.

Theckla Gunga

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