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Contempt Matters Against Five Leaders Remain Before Court

The National

Contempt matters against five MPs in the Opposition remain before the court while proceedings are expected to continue next year, a lawyer says.

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill’s lawyer Tiffany Twivey said that contempt matters before the court against the five Members of Parliament would proceed even after the Supreme Court upheld O’Neill’s appeal and dismissed the warrant of arrest against him.

“While the substantive matter on the arrest warrant is over, the contempt matters against five Opposition MPs still remain,” she said.

“They were contempt matters concerning comments made in a press conference and subsequent publications concerning the prime minister’s case against the arrest warrant, they will be continuing next year.”

The five MPs who had contempt applications filed against them are Sir Mekere Morauta, Kerenga Kua, Patrick Pruaitch, Belden Namah and Bryan Kramer, all members of the Opposition.

Contempt application filed against Kramer was in relation to his article that was posted online discussing O’Neill’s appeal which obtained a stay order on the warrant of arrest against him. The contempt applications filed against Namah, Kua, Pruaitch and Sir Mekere are related to statements that were televised and published in the mainstream media on August 10 and 14 regarding the warrant of arrest against O’Neill.

It was alleged that the five MPs’ statements caused damage to proceedings before the court in relation to the warrant of arrest and they intended to deter the prime minister availing himself of his constitutional rights to have the matter determined by a court of law.

Meanwhile, the warrant of arrest against O’Neill was dismissed by the Supreme Court on Friday after the court found and held that the arrest warrant was invalid and that it was not properly issued.


In Unity for PNG

The National


TALKS are being held between the Government and Opposition MPs for a bipartisan approach to address some of the issues outlined in the Government’s 100-day plan.

Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer Charles Abel said he had meetings with Opposition MPs, including Northern Governor Gary Juffa, on how best they could work together.

Abel told an NBC radio talkback show yesterday that there were some very good, qualified people in the Opposition who had “vast knowledge” and could contribute to the nation’s development.

“The bipartisan approach the governor talks about, notwithstanding some of the criticisms that we get from our friends like the governor himself, is always open. My office is always open for discussions,” Abel said.

“I’ve already had Juffa come in to meet me. He’s a former chief commissioner for Customs and he’s got some very good ideas.”

Such cooperation among MPs has rarely been seen in PNG politics recently. Abel said there were some very qualified people in the Opposition who should be used.

“I’ve even suggested to the governor (Juffa) that if he is willing to support and assist us with the ideas in relation to Customs and IRC (Inland Revenue Commission) with his vast knowledge, I’m willing to work with him and other members of the Opposition,” he said.

Juffa thanked Abel for coming out in public to tell the people about Government’s first 100 days of leadership.

“It’s a tough stand that he has taken. He won’t be popular. But some of these difficult decisions need to be made and some of us are willing to stand up and support in a bipartisan approach,” Juffa said.

“I understand that the country is going through a difficult time and we should put aside political differences from time to time and do what we can for the country.”