PM Fails to Derail TribunalMarch 10 2011 at 1:54 PM
PNG PM fails to derail misconduct hearing Ilya Gridneff, AAP Papua New Guinea Correspondent.
March 10, 2011 - 2:29PM
A leadership tribunal into alleged misconduct by Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare has started in the capital Port Moresby.
Sir Michael's legal team spent most of Thursday morning trying to derail the hearing but their arguments were rejected by the three-member bench.
Ian Molloy QC tried for an adjournment citing Sir Michael's concurrent Supreme Court bid to shut down the tribunal on grounds of bias.
Advertisement: Story continues below Mr Molloy also made an application for the charges of misconduct to be dismissed.
"The charges are ambiguous and not offensive under the law," he told the packed courtroom.
It was a who's who of PNG's political elite for the tribunal's first day of sitting, with the prime minster flanked by his cabinet and family members.
Sir Michael is facing numerous allegations that he failed to lodge financial statements as far back as 20 years ago.
Near the courtroom, a small group of protesters gathered, demanding an end to what they said was systemic corruption stifling PNG's development.
The court adjourned for lunch and was due to resume at 2.30pm AEDT.
© 2011 AAP
Prove yourself innocent in the tribunal PM!
|March 10 2011, 7:26 PM |
For heaven's sake, if you are innocent, you have nothing to hide and I am certain the tribunal will find you NOT guilty, whats the big fuss that you are trying to derail the leadership tribunal??. Raises alot of doubt and suspicions in my mind.
In the eyes of ordinary Papua New Guineans, the PM is guilty and we have lost trust in Him and his leadership and cohorts, allow the tribunal to prove otherwise!
|March 11 2011, 5:25 PM |
oi by the way, I heard the PM collaposed today during hearing and medical and emergency staffs rushed in and took him away? Is that true?
National Front Page Says it all
|March 15 2011, 12:16 PM |
PM will come out winner in this Tribunal. Good to see a positive progress. The whole issue is politically motivated by cheat shot promoters. He will prove his innocence. He is the Father of the Nation have some respect and don't take things personally.
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