Thursday, March 24, 2011

Tribunal suspends Somare for 14 days

Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare has been suspnded for 14 days by the leadership tribunal. after being found guilty of 13 charges of misconduct.

A three-man leadership tribunal in Port Moresby handed down the decision this afternoon to a packed courtroom that for two weeks has heard the case regarding Sir Michael’s failure to lodge financial returns dating as far back as 20 years ago.
The tribunal chair Roger Gyles says the prime minister is suspended from office from and including April the 4 for 14 days.
Crowd outside the court room.

Smiles from Somare supporters

Somare and his deputy Sam Abal leave the court room

Subdued crowd leaves the court house

Somare's daughter Betha leaves the court house

National Alliance 'big boys' Simon Kaiwi and Steven Pokawin (obscured) talk to journalists outside court.

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