By PNG Echo
A Supreme Court ruling yesterday that granted an injunction against police arresting Finance Minister, James Marape, saw a full bench of the Supreme Court tacitly endorsing the new, National-Executive-Council-appointed Police Commissioner Geoffrey Vaki in their deliberations.
Earlier this week, this time in the National Court, Justice Gavara-Nanu granted a permanent stay against the NEC order that disbanded the Task Force Sweep (TFS) and set up an Interim Office.
The decisions solve nothing and create two investigation bodies (men) claiming court sanctioned legitimacy.
The Police Commissioner does not agree with how Task Force Sweep has gone about prosecuting the Paraka matter (and particularly the Prime Minister’s alleged involvement) and is unlikely to co-operate with any initiatives in this matter taken by TFS.
Yet both the Police Commissioner and the Task Force Sweep are ostensibly court backed.
We have a stalemate – another potential impasse between the executive and judiciary; between politics and the law.
In my estimations “Big Man’ (traditional) politics is seeking to utilise western-style justice to effect a customary solution. It’s a situation where even those applying the paradigm of the ethics and morals of a western style government are still looking for the customary solution of ‘payback’. Continue reading Retribution or reform?