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Justice Lenalia passes on

Sally Pokiton

​The Judiciary has yet again lost another significant member of the National and Supreme Court bench.

Justice Salatiel Lenalia passed on during the early hours of this morning in Port Moresby.

He passed away at the Pacific International Hospital at 1:30am.

The late Justice Lenalia was one of the three resident judges at Kokopo.

Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia is expected to release an official statement today.

The Judiciary is now organising for his body to taken to the funeral home.

More updates on this today.

 

 

http://www.looppng.com/png-news/justice-lenalia-passes-64849

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ROYAL PAPUA NEW GUINEA CONSTABULARY MEDIA RELEASE

ROYAL PAPUA NEW GUINEA CONSTABULARY
MEDIA RELEASE
Monday August 14th, 2017
My conscience is clear says Police Commissioner Baki
I am truly amazed by the comments coming from the public as well as from our elected leaders regarding the Prime Minister’s case and his warrant of arrest as well as calls for my resignation.
I have stated that I welcome the decision of the courts. However, as you would have gathered, the Court has issued a further stay on the warrant, thus preventing any police action.
I have stated that I will invite the Prime Minister to come in for an interview. The warrant of arrest is alive and will only end when the Prime Minister comes in for the interview.
That is my position and I will not change it. I want everyone to appreciate where I am coming from with regards to this particular issue.
Regardless of the allegations and the Warrant of Arrest Peter O’Neill is still an elected national leader and Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea. Respect must be accorded to him regardless. Critics are calling on the police to arrest him on the streets like a common criminal. The presumption of innocence unless proven guilty in a court of law and his status as Prime Minister dictates that we treat him with a certain level of decency. Hence I will not arrest him in the streets but invite him to the police station where he will be interviewed.
Everyone seems to be passing judgement on the Prime Minister already. As a citizen he has exercised his right and taken the matter to the courts. That must be respected until the courts make a decision on his appeal.
As for the police, is it too much to ask that I, as the Commissioner of Police be fully briefed prior to the invitation of the Prime Minister, especially in light of the counter-allegations being levelled against my policemen. I want assurance that I have legs to stand on when we bring the Prime Minister in for the interview because at the end of the day I will be held responsible.
For some reason Director Fraud and Anti Corruption Chief Superintendent Mathew Damaru and his team have stubbornly refused to cooperate with the Commissioner’s Office over the last three years and have done their best to keep the file a secret from me and my predecessor. I have been given an executive brief but that is not the same thing as having access to and appreciating the file itself.
I am confident that the case would not have dragged on for so long had Mr Damaru made available the file either to myself or to the former police commissioner.
My integrity and reputation is on the line. I have worked hard to build it up over the last 45 years. I will do my job. I urge all the critics to stop being judgmental and give me the benefit of doubt.
Thank you.
Gari L. Baki, CBE, CStJ, DPS, QPM
Commissioner of Police
Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary

MEDIA RELEASE – ROYAL PAPUA NEW GUINEA CONSTABULARY

Police Commissioner Baki to Invite PM for Interview

Thursday August 10th, 2017

The Waigani National Court refused to entertain an application for an extension on the stay order on the warrant of arrest for the Prime Minister, Honourable Peter O’Neill on Tuesday this week.

Since then there has been numerous comments made by people from all facets of the PNG community, both in the mainstream as well as social media.

Most are asking what action the police will take and when.

As Commissioner of Police I welcome the decision of the court as it now paves the way for us to move forward on this matter.

Since the Court decision I have had consultations with my senior officers on the case. I want the people of Papua New Guinea to appreciate that this is a very sensitive and delicate matter involving the Prime Minister of the Independent State of Papua New Guinea. It comes during the formation of the government and amid election related clashes in at least three highland provinces which has left more than 10 people dead so far.

Against this background there is a need to thread carefully.

That being said, by way of background, a warrant of arrest was issued for Prime Minister O’Neill in 2014. A Judicial Review was sought on two grounds, that the Chief Magistrate when issuing the Warrant of Arrest acted without or in excess of her jurisdiction when no information was laid, and that the warrant also did not disclose an offence known in law and departs from elements of offence of official corruption prescribed by Section 87 of the Criminal Code.

However, the Court in its ruling on Tuesday rejected these grounds of review and dismissed the proceedings as an abuse of process.

The option now open in this matter is for the Commissioner of Police, myself, to invite the Prime Minister to come in for an interview. This is not a requirement by law but an existing and established protocol the Constabulary has engaged over the years for leaders and high profile people. After all, the premise is that everyone is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law and so leaders with standing in the society must be respectfully dealt with.

I have had an executive brief on the case made available to me by Director Fraud and Anti Corruption Chief Superintendent Mathew Damaru through Assistant Commissioner Crimes Victor Isouve.

It must be appreciated that actions on this investigation leading up to the issuance of the warrant of arrest were taken prior to my appointment as Police Commissioner. In fact I am the second Commissioner in office after the warrant of arrest was issued for the Prime Minister. However, neither myself, nor the previous Police Commissioner have been made privy to or have had an appreciation of the investigation.

I will now be engaging my Assistant Commissioner Crimes and Director Fraud and his team to assist me to fully appreciate the case after which I will invite the Prime Minister to come in for the interview.

Thank you.

Gari L. Baki, CBE, CStJ, DPS, QPM
Commissioner of Police
Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary

PM Respects National Court Decisions

Mathew Damaru, the director of the Office of the National Fraud and Anti- Corruption Directorate, said there is no time frame given for the arrest warrant order on O’Neill.

He said currently an invitation letter for the Prime Minister Peter O’Neill to go in for questioning is being prepared and they will deliver the letter anytime soon.

Mr. Damaru said the Prime Minister will be formally invited for questioning first.

This follows Tuesday’s court ruling dismissing Police Commissioner Gari Baki’s judicial review application by the National Court.

Meantime, both NCD/Central Commander Sylvester Kalaut and NCD Metropolitan Superintendent Ben Turi say the onus is now on the police Commissioner to execute the arrest warrant.

The urgent application to review on Tuesday’s decision was filed yesterday morning and Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia is expected to give a time and date for it to be heard.

An interim order will be sought immediately to prevent the execution of the arrest warrant until the appeal is determined.

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill in a press statement yesterday afternoon said he respects the National Court’s decision.

O’Neill affirmed, he will appeal the court decision due to various inconsistencies with previous rulings and established precedence.

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said he will exercise his legal right to appeal to a higher court.

“It is incumbent upon me to protect the integrity of the Office of the Prime Minister, and ensure that these allegations are properly tested in court.
“We must establish a clear set of legal precedents so that this dangerous political tactic cannot be used again in the future as a means to attempt to undermine future Governments.”

Locked Down

Post Courier 

Flights in and out of Kagamuga Airport in Mount Hagen, Western Highlands province, have been disrupted by candidates contesting the Hagen open seat.

Concern for public safety has also prompted major carrier Air Niugini to cancel its service to neighbouring Enga province.

The 12 Hagen candidates, and their supporters, converged outside Kagamuga airport yesterday to protest the appointment of the electorate’s returning officer and carry out their threat to close the airport issued seven days ago.

It is not known whether disruptions would continue today.

Transporting of police personnel who are on transit in Port Moresby for National Election operations in the Highlands are affected, says Police Commissioner Gari Baki. See story, page 2

National Airports Corporation acting managing director Richard Yopo said yesterday the Electoral Commission matter was unrelated to airport operations or the aviation industry and such actions taken and threats by the 12 candidates in Mt Hagen were offences under the Civil Aviation Act.

“The issue does not do anyone any good. It only affects the smooth flow of passengers and the flow of vital cargo from and within our towns and cities.”

He said the candidates were warned last Friday that they were breaking or would be in breach of law if they were to proceed with their planned action.

Yesterday, the NAC had to scale down its operations and included its sister aviation entity PNG Air Services which controls air traffic.

Mr Yopo said that airline operators like Air Niugini, MAF, HeviLift, Airlines PNG and Heli Solutions did their own security assessment also had to cancel some of their later flights yesterday.

“Safety of the public, staff and the assets and facilities is something we all are not about to compromise,” he said.

Two of the twelve candidates, Luke Lukice Mathew and James Yoka said they are closing the airport because Mr Gamato had failed to respond to their petition in the past week.

Mr Yoka said their petition which Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato has not responded to was to either remove the returning officer and the assistant returning officer or to swap the two officers with other electorates in the province. Eastern end Assistant Police Commissioner for Highlands Nema Mondia said the candidates have breached the Civil Aviation Act by closing the airport and that was not right.

However, Supt Mondia said a candidate assured him that the airport will be opened starting today.

 

http://postcourier.com.pg/230216-2/

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No Evidence of Development from the more than K40 Million in DSIP Delivered to the Kavieng District

*** Serious Questions Remain About the Use of Kavieng K40 Million DSIP ***

The Prime Minister, Hon. Peter O’Neill CMG MP, has raised serious questions about what happened to more than K40 million delivered to the Kavieng District over the past four years.

PM O’Neill said District Services Improvement Program (DSIP) funding has delivered great change for many other districts around the Nation, but not in Kavieng.

“It is within my right to say that there is no evidence of development from the more than K40 million in DSIP delivered to the Kavieng District over the past four years,” PM O’Neill said.

“Why has the K40 million given to the Kavieng District not been spent on improving Kavieng?

“Ben Micah’s focus should be on serving the neglected people of Kavieng, instead he is being driven by selfish grandstanding that is driven by ego. A leader should be able to accept any criticism leveled against them based on fact, instead of crying foul and lashing out with unsubstantiated criticism against others.

“A leader should be able to take criticism, learn from it, and strive to do a better job at delivering development and services for the people.

“When I went into Parliament in 2002, the Somare Government did not give any support to districts in the country. Not even a Toea went to Kavieng District, not a Toea from the Government went into my district of Ialibu-Pangia.

“That is why all the services were run down right around the country. All the roads were run down, law and order was a big issue, schools were run down, health services and everything was run down.

“But when we went into government in 2012, we changed all this and now all districts receive direct funding in our country.

“For the first time in the history of our country, funding is going straight to the districts because I want it to reach people.”

The Prime Minister said the personal attacks by the Kavieng member are unfortunate, but that is the way he has handled himself since leaving Government.

“Ben Micah really should remember that in 2011, when he was bankrupt and jobless, I picked him up from nothing and gave him a second chance.

“The bad decisions he has made in recent years have led him to where he is today – alienated in his own party and disowned by his people.

“His troubles today are a demonstration of disloyalty and ego, and he has a price to pay.

The Prime Minister said despite questions over the use of Kavieng’s DSIP, the National Government has continued to directly fund projects in New Ireland Province.

“We are about to finish work on the road going down to Buluminski, and we have completed renovations of the Kavieng Hospital and airport fencing, and many roads and jetties and other projects were directly funded by the National Government. All school fees and hospitals have been funded by the National Government.”

 

PNC People’s National Congress June 5, 2017 at 7.38 pm

Policemen Tarnishing the Reputation of the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary.

***Port Moresby General Hospital Doctor Beaten by Police***

 

A medical doctor doing his residency at the Port Moresby General Hospital Labour ward was beaten by Policemen on Wednesday night.

The young doctor will not be assisting mothers and babies in the Labour ward, because his eyes are completely shut and he has become partially deaf as a result of the beating.

Senior doctors say there is a shortage of doctors working with mothers and babies. Dr. Berry Newman’s inability to work will cause complications at the Labour ward.

This morning Professor Ikau Kevau, Dr. Osborne Liko and other senior doctors condemned the beating of the young medical officer.

The doctors collectively demanded action from the Police Commissioner and his deputies.

They’ve made the call after one of their own was badly beaten by cops in Tokarara.

“I dropped my sister and was turning back to Tokarara, they approached me when I stopped to change my tyres, they said I dropped off criminals and six of them punched and one kicked me on the right side of my ear,” said Dr. Newman.

Dr. Newman is now nursing serious injuries which will stop him from working at the Labour Ward.

He is part of a team of young doctors being trained to save the lives of mothers and babies.

But after the beating, he is deaf in the left ear and his eyes are completely shut. The injuries could become permanent.

“My right ear is not working anymore, I cannot see anymore. I don’t know why i was beaten up, I chose this career path to serve the people of this country,” the Labour ward trainee says.

Dr. Newman told EMTV News that he was taken to Waigani Police station where a policeman told him he could pick up his car in the morning after he pays the boys.

” They told me to go wash my face and treat myself, and then bring some money [so that] I can get my car,”  Newman said.

Senior doctors at Port Moresby General Hospital say the matter will not be taken lightly. It will be taken to the Police Commissioner for the matter to be addressed.

Doctors are respected in the society for their services to health. The incident has brought disgrace to the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary.

Members of the public have gone on social media outraged by the actions of a few policemen tarnishing the reputation of the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary.

Police Commissioner Gari Baki was approached for a response.

 

EMTV News Online  June 3, 2017

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