Peter O'Neill

O’Neill’s case adjourned

This is the member’s second appearance at the Committal Court after his bail application was heard at the National Court in May.

He is currently on K5,000 bail.

O’Neill is charged with one count of official corruption and misappropriation over the controversial purchase of two generators from an Israeli electricity firm.

The Prosecutor asked the court to adjourn the matter to a later date as the police hand up brief is yet to be completed.

The matter was adjourned to September 10th for further mention.

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No conditions attached with IMF loan: Treasurer

Ling-Stuckey clarified this again, for the member for North Waghi Fabian Pok.

Treasurer Ian Ling-Stucky, who was questioned on this by the member for Ialibu-Pangia on Tuesday, repeated that the loan was interest free with no conditions attached.

“There are no conditions attached to the IMF loan,” says the Treasurer.

However, the former Prime Minister and Ialibu Pangia MP Peter O’Neill remained unconvinced.

“There are two conditions that are normally given by the IMF to member countries that are seeking this.

Former PM supports proposed ICAC legislations

In voicing his support, he has made the point that independence and transparency must be the cornerstone of the legislation and implementation moving forward.

“The ICAC legislation has been in development for several years, having first been proposed by PNC in 1997,” Mr. O’Neill said.

“Despite many bureaucratic delays, it now is at a point whereby Parliament can debate and then vote clear legislation into law.

“But there must not be compromise on the basic tenants of independence of the ICAC that is above reproach.

O’Neill questioned over purchase of generators: Police

Assistant Commissioner Crimes, Hodges Ette, confirmed that O’Neill was brought in for questioning this afternoon upon his return from Brisbane, Australia.

ACP Hodges said all COVID-19 protocols were strictly observed when O’Neill was brought in for questioning.

Police allege that:

Former PM apprehended

He was picked up by members of the Fraud Squad at the Jackson’s International Airport earlier today, when he arrived into the country.

Also in his company was his wife Lynda Babao.

Details of his apprehension will soon be released by the fraud squad.

Numu joins Govt

The PNG One Nation Party Leader was welcomed on Wednesday by Prime Minister James Marape and coalition members.

“I am happy that Governor Numu is making that call at this juncture in this Parliaments life, and this sort of affirmation of solidarity gives certainty t our Government to hold fort until we conclude this term of parliament,” said Marape.

Numu joins the coalition Government after leaving the Government rans under the former coalition led by   Ialibu-Pangi MP, Peter O’Neill.

Lawyer representing O’Neill arrested, charged

Acting Commissioner of Police, David Manning, said the principal lawyer of NiuAge Lawyers, along with a Waigani Court Registry Clerk, were both arrested and charged for the following offences:

Criminal complaint lodged against Kramer: O’Neill

In a statement released today, former Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said the complaint, filed today with the Royal PNG Constabulary Metropolitan Superintendent, seeks a full criminal investigation into the actions of Kramer on allegations of forging an official police warrant.

O’Neill said this is chargeable under Official Corruption Section 87 of the Criminal Code Act and Forgery under Section 462 Criminal Code Act, and further for defamation under Section 21 (2) of the Cyber Crime Code Act.

O’Neill’s case dismissed

The National Court today dismissed the proceeding because the warrant obtained for his arrest by police was withdrawn on Monday.

With no warrant in place, the National Court was of the view there is no utility for the proceeding to continue.

Justice Nicholas Miviri granted the state's application to have the judicial review dismissed and refused O'Neill's application seeking leave for a judicial review, as the subject of the proceeding – the warrant – was withdrawn early this week.

O’Neill’s lawyers seek leave for judicial review

The order restraining police from arresting O’Neill has been extended till Friday 3pm, when the National Court is to hand down its decision on his leave application – whether or not it will review the two decisions of the District Court.  

The first decision was that of Magistrate Cosmas Bidar on October 11 when he issued an arrest warrant for police to execute and bring O’Neill in for questioning for the offence of official corruption.

This is in relation to a complaint by Madang MP Bryan Kramer over the funding of a community project in Madang.