Supreme Court says “yes” to Prime Minister

By PNG Echo

Justice Bernard Sakora
Justice Bernard Sakora

The Supreme Court, presided over by Justice Bernard Sakora, has today (23 February 2016) granted both appeals brought before the court by Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill.

The Prime Minister, represented by Twivey Lawyers and Mal Varitimos QC, had firstly sought leave to appeal the decision of Justice Colin Makail in the National Court where previously, Justice Makail had granted leave for police officers, Timothy Gitua and Matthew Damaru, to join as parties to National Court judicial review proceedings challenging the decision of the Chief Magistrate, Ms Nerrie Eliakim, to issue an arrest warrant against the Prime Minister.

They were granted leave to appeal the joining by the learned Judge.

Following on from his decision to grant this leave, Justice Sakora ordered a stay on the hearing of the issue of the arrest warrant until the appeal against the joining of the parties was settled.

The learned Judge delivered his decision verbally in court and instructed the lawyers to take out orders immediately to effect the stay on the National Court proceedings.

Justice Sakora’s written decision will be available tomorrow and it is expected that, on receiving the orders, Justice Makail will vacate the court date set aside of March 3 when the judicial review on the Prime Minister’s arrest warrant was, just this morning, set down for a mention.

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