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PNG prosecutor sacked after PM allegations
10:31 AEST Mon Feb 21 2011
The public prosecutor in Papua New Guinea who launched a case of alleged misconduct against Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare has been sacked for "not performing".
PNG's Attorney-General Sir Arnold Ahmet has announced that public prosecutor Jim Tamate will not have his contract renewed.
Senior PNG prosecutor Camillus Sambua, from the same East Sepik province as the prime minister, had been appointed to the position, PNG's Post Courier newspaper said.
"Principally in the assessment, it is a matter of performance and leadership of the public prosecutor," Sir Arnold told a press conference.
"We were not satisfied with his performance".
The sacking has angered the opposition who last year repeatedly tried to move a vote of no-confidence against the government.
Former deputy prime minister Puka Temu said the sacking was highly political.
"Why the revocation at the time when he referred the PM?
"This office is responsible in prosecuting the PM, if a tribunal is constituted by the chief justice, with this new appointment from East Sepik, everything might be compromised," he said.
Outspoken opposition MP Sam Basil said it was a "sad day" for PNG.
"Is it not an attempt to send a message to anybody who will be handling the PM's case to be wary of their own fate?"
In December last year Sir Michael stood aside to face a still yet to be established leadership tribunal for alleged misconduct in office regarding failing to lodge financial statements from as far back as 20 years.
But in January this year Sir Michael resumed office claiming he had simply been away on holidays.
Earlier this month PNG's Treasurer Peter O'Neill suspended Joseph Lelang as national planning secretary, amid allegations and scandal associated with budget allocation.
Mr Lelang is considered the top bureaucrat that deals with Australia's annual $457 million in aid assistance and development planning for PNG