Category Archives: Legal

Treasurer meets with Nambawan Super

Press Release

The Acting Prime Minister and Treasurer, Charles Abel, has met with the Nambawan Superannuation management to resolve the outstanding contributions state owes to its members.

Abel stated that the recent National Court decision on the liability to Nambawan Superannuation Fund is part of the debt that accrued before 2009 from unfunded state superannuation contribution for public servants.

“The Government has been paying all fortnightly contribution since then and gradually paying down the inherited debt through budget appropriations such as the K150 million in this year’s budget,” he said.

In a meeting with Nambawan Super CEO Paul Sayer and management, a resolution was reached to clear all the entitlements for exiting public servants up to the end of 2017.

Abel said the state would work closely with NSL to ensure its obligations in making payment to public servants are met so that those who have served the country for many years can enjoy their retirement with dignity.

“I want to thank the management and Board of Nambawan Super who have been doing a tremendous job and especially our public servants for their patience.”

 

 

Source: http://www.looppng.com/business/treasurer-meets-nambawan-super-72498

Juffa Condemns Killing Of Young Woman

Oro Governor Gary Juffa Has Condemned The Killing Of An Innocent Young Woman From Enga Accused Of Sorcery-Related Crimes.

 

 


Oro Governor Gary Juffa has condemned the killing of an innocent young woman from Enga accused of sorcery-related crimes.

 

“Many who were there or who had relatives there including a few womenfolk, have totally endorsed this horrible crime and some have even gone as far as posting the photos declaring the crime as if justice had been carried out,” he said.

 

“Our collective silence, especially that of leaders such as myself and others including churches and NGOs only endorses these vile crimes,” said Juffa.

 

He added that as leaders of ENGA Province the onus of them to speak out against this is vital. I urge my fellow Governor Peter IPATAS especially to stand up against this and see that actions are taken to bring the criminals responsible to face justice.

Team to be set up for NHC asset recovery

A NATIONAL Housing Corporation (NHC) asset recovery team will be set up next year to restore integrity in the corporation, says Minister for Housing and Urbanisation John Kaupa, pictured.

 
The team will comprise officers from police, the auditor-general, attorney-general, state solicitor, Lands and Physical Planning Department, Office of Urbanisation, Finance Department and other private professionals to identity assets that belong to the corporation.

 
“The Housing Corporation has been run as privately owned by some group of people,” Kaupa said.

 
He said the NHC had been facing issues of restrictive policy framework, political interference and poor management.

 
Its survival is not dependent on revenue generation and rentals or creation of new properties.

 
“It was largely depended on the exciting property sales, without the expansion of the asset profile,” Kaupa said.

 
He said currently the NHC was not in a position to account for all its assets.

 
“There is a need to change the structure and we must also take stock of all the titles and all the properties owned by Housing Corporation and incorporate them so that we must have a register to maintain and see what properties we own.”

 
Kaupa said over the years, the drive to account for all assets had been attended but was incomplete.

 
“At this stage, the properties are everywhere with 4000 titles. Are these 4000 titles still there or moved to other titles? We do not know,” he said.

Source: The National

Cleaning, maintenance work begins at Jomba cells

Source: The National

By DOROTHY MARK 


Cleaning and maintenance work at the Jomba police cells began over the weekend following a National Court order for work to be done immediately.
Judge David Cannings issued an order for the provincial government to make available K50,000 of which K25,000 was to be paid to the contractor that built a new female and juvenile cell block as part payment.
Another K25,000 was to be paid to police for the clean-up and maintenance of the current cell block.
Madang acting police commander Senior Inspector Jacob Bando said the contractor had gave him keys to the new cells which were available for use.
Bando said Madang administrator Daniel Aloi had arranged a contractor for the clean-up and maintenance of the old cell block.
Cannings said the cell was unfit for human occupation.
The clean-up came after he ordered for 36 detainees to be released on human rights grounds.
Cannings’ orders followed the filing of a report by national court officials about the cell conditions and over crowdedness.

 

Police ops to be heightened nationwide

18/12/2017  
Souce: Loop PNG

Police operations will be on heightened alert throughout the festive period because an upsurge of alcohol-related incidences is anticipated.

 

In his Christmas and New Year message, Police Commissioner Gari Baki said Papua New Guinea is celebrating its 42nd Christmas as a united nation of a thousand tribes this year.

 

“As a nation, we have come a long way. But the road ahead is still long and filled with many challenges,” he stated.

 

“Whatever the future holds for our country, we stand a better chance of meeting the challenges together as one people and a united country.

 

“So on this Christmas festive period, I appeal to every citizen across our beautiful nation to celebrate this festive season in the true spirit of Christmas.

 

“Take time to enjoy with family and friends. Also take time to reflect on the past year and plan to make some positive changes not only for yourselves but for your family and the country in the New Year.

 

“On behalf of my family and all members of the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary, we wish every citizen of our country a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2018.

“God bless you all.”

[Photo Credit: Post-Courier Online]

Author: Press release

O’Neill assures ABG on referendum

12/16/2017 

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has given his word to the Autonomous Bougainville Government and the Nation that the vote for Bougainville’s referendum will go ahead as scheduled on June 15, 2019.

 

He made the commitment during the closing of the Joint Supervisory Body meeting in Port Moresby on Friday (Dec 15).

 

The conclusion of the JSB meeting began with ironing of technical agreements, which then led to a negotiation scenario.

 

After two hours and with both sides satisfied, binding documents were signed.

 

Later in a joint media conference, PM O’Neill announced that at the heart of the meeting was the referendum agenda, particularly the setting up of the referendum transitional committee.

 

“I’m pleased to announce that we have agreed to establish a referendum transitional committee that will manage the process and which questions that will be asked at the referendum for our people of Bougainville to answer,” said O’Neill.

 

He gave his guarantee that the referendum vote would go ahead as scheduled.

 

“I have no issues with the referendum going ahead, given our commitment to the ABG and the ministers and the people of Bougainville.

 

“We have set the date, we just have to agree on the questions we have to put to our people and as president stated, we have to create awareness on what referendum means,” said O’Neill.

 

President John Momis expressed gratitude to the National Government, stating the meeting had brought about some good decisions which were of concern to the ABG.

 

“I’m happy to say that we have come to some very good decisions which were thought not possible.

 

“We have taken some very good measures to deal with transitional issues that could become roadblocks to referendum preparations.

 

“We now have to embark on a massive program of raising awareness not only on Bougainville but also in PNG.”

 

O’Neill confirmed that releasing of government grants was factored into the joint JSB agreement.

 

“We have reached a conclusion about how we can resolve that issue and that is that we will tie it to key projects on Bougainville, particularly on infrastructure.

 

“It is certainly well over K400 million, in addition to that we are certainly committed to more projects on Bougainville, particularly the west coast road which we will be working on the design and costing over the next 6 to 12 months.”

 

An independent person will be selected to chair the newly formed referendum commission.

 

“Both ABG and the National we need to consult with these individuals first, the individual will ensure there is integrity on the referendum process that is going to take place,” said the PM.

Source: Loop PNG

Author: Meredith Kuusa

PM welcomes Supreme Court ruling

12/15/2017

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has welcomed today’s Supreme Court ruling on the controversial arrest warrant against him.

 

 

He told media this afternoon that the ruling by the three-man bench is a clear demonstration of the independence of the judiciary system of the country.

 

He said it was clearly a politically motivated case by people with vested interest out to tarnish his name, and he hopes the real culprits can be caught.

 

 

“This is a decision that has a lot of common sense and it is a decision against people who are maliciously using both government agencies and the courts to get political merit out of,” said O’Neill.

 

“From the start this was a political witch-hunt.”

 

O’Neill said today’s decision clearly shows the interventions he took were the right decisions he took.

 

“This has done a great damage to the nation, it has cost millions of kina in the legal process, personally and to the state,” said the PM.

 

“And of course, our country’s name has been dragged through the mud, in particular media outlets like the ABC.

 

“I give credit to all the media outlets who have demonstrated professionalism in this debate.”

Source: Loop PNG

Author: Meredith Kuusa

PM’s arrest warrant quashed

12/15/2017

 The Supreme Court has quashed the controversial arrest warrant that was taken out for the arrest of Prime Minister Peter O’Neill three years ago.

A three-man Supreme Court bench today unanimously found the warrant defective and the District Court’s decision to issue it as well.

 

 

The court found that lack of care was applied by the District Court in issuing the warrant.

 

There was no information put on the form to get a warrant. The date on which the information was laid was blank. Even the word ‘Independent’ was spelt wrong on the form.

 

The court further found that the wrong form was used in applying for the warrant.

 

To apply for the arrest warrant, form 1 had to be used, as per section 8 of the Arrest Act of 1977.

 

The court upheld the appeals filed by PM O’Neill and Police Commissioner Gari Baki, and set aside the warrant as void and of no legal effect.

 

This appeal arose from the decision of August 8, where the National Court ruled it cannot judicially review the manner in which the warrant was issued from the District Court on 12 June 2014.

 

The Supreme Court ruled that the decision by the District Court to issue the warrant was an administrative decision that was capable of being judicially reviewed.

Source: Loop PNG

Author: Sally Pokiton

Pato pushing for end to illegal fishing

Moves to eliminate illegal fishing near Papua New Guinea and in the wider Pacific are high on the agenda for PNG at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) meeting in Argentina this week.
During a session on illegal fishing, Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister Rimbink Pato delivered a keynote contribution in support of trade rules requiring the abolition of subsidies given by certain major economies to their fishing industries.
Pato along with Commerce and Industry Minister Wera Mori are representing PNG at the ministerial meeting in Buenos Aires.
Referring to illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing, Pato said: “We know from experience that fishing subsidies by big economies are detrimental to smaller-scale fishing industries in PNG and other Pacific countries.
“These subsidies also contribute to over-fishing that threatens the very existence of the fish stocks which are vital to feed the world and to our economy.”
Pato told a meeting attended by representatives of most countries in the world that PNG, as the biggest Pacific Islands nation, strongly supported moves by the Pacific Islands Forum states aimed at eliminating illegal fishing from the Pacific and other oceans.
“Further discussions are being held at the WTO meeting on key proposals associated with the elimination of subsidies,” Pato said. “Mori and I are also working to ensure that rules relating to agriculture and the digital economy are suitable to WTO moves to establish a free and fair trading world.”

Source: The National

New judges offer relief to jam-packed courts

By DAPHNE WANI 


THE judiciary is confident it will dispose of the backlog of cases with the increase in the number of judges, says Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia.
Sir Salamo said the swearing-in of five new judges of the National Court and Supreme Court by Governor-General Sir Bob Dadae yesterday had brought the total number of judges to 43.
“These new judges will relieve the more senior judges of their current workload of cases,” he said.
“The judiciary is confident that it will address the huge backlog of cases that are piling up in court.”
He said the judiciary was confident that it could now deal with pressing court cases quickly.
“We are confident that we will dispose of almost all of the election petition cases by June 2018, with the assistance of these new judges,” Sir Salamo said.
The new judges are Justice Jim Wala Tamate, Acting Justice Sinclair Peniel Gora, Acting Justice David Abiri Susame, Acting Justice John Ritchie Benaud Kaumi and Acting Justice John Kamane Numapo.
Justice Tamate will be based in Port Moresby and assigned to the human rights track to assist Justice David Cannings.
Acting justices Kaumi and Numapo will be based in the Lae National Court taking the number there to four.
Acting Justice Susame will be based in Kokopo to replace the late Justice Salatiel Lenalia.
Acting Justice Gora will be posted to the Wewak National Court to assist Justice Iowa Geita.

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