Anjo and Ramoi: Not prepared and not there.

By PNG Echo

imagesThe defamation case by the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, Hon Peter O’Neill against Noel Anjo Kolao and Sonja Barry Ramoi in the Waigani courts today (24 April) was adjourned to 20 May for special fixture hearing of interim orders.

The judge deemed that the defence lawyers did not have their case ready and, as such, were ill-prepared to continue.

Ramoi - AWOL
Ramoi – AWOL

The order restraining Anjo and Ramoi from making any defamatory remarks against the Prime Minister was to remain in force.

Only Anjo appeared in person, resplendently attired in shiny silver – Ramoi was absent, notwithstanding that the court had ordered her attendance.

Anjo in the embrace of the Opposition Leader, Belden Namah
Anjo in the embrace of the Opposition Leader, Belden Namah

An irritated judge lambasted lawyers for the the defence and advised the need for Anjo to be counselled on the meaning of ‘defamation’ particularly on the need for comment to be based on facts.

Asking for clarification on what Anjo was claiming was a factual statement in his alleged defamatory comments, Anjo’s lawyer replied to the judge that they weren’t true.

Tiffany Twivey-Nonggorr, Lawyer for the Prime Minister
Tiffany Twivey-Nonggorr, Lawyer for the Prime Minister

Counsel for the defence has also filed a motion seeking to remove opposing counsel Tiffany Twivey-Nonggorr for the Prime Minister.

Although citing a ‘conflict of interest’ due to Nonggorr’s alleged critical statements of Sonja Barry Ramoi, the interest presents more like a ‘confluence’ than a ‘conflict’ (both the PM and Counsel have a similar interest). This will also be argued on 20 May at Waigani.

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3 thoughts on “Anjo and Ramoi: Not prepared and not there.

  1. Wild allegations against a person without a substance is like character assassination. One cannot capitalise on the freedom of expression to shoot any kind of arrow on the one hand. On the other hand, allegations must be substantiated with facts and figures without which can amount to abuse of the associated freedom.

    By the way, if someone can spell out the deemed allegations or accusations be better.

    • Kerry Underwood – thank you. That’s the best comment I’ve seen in ages. I’m going to remember it and use it (I’ll be sure to attribute.) LOL