Friday, August 26, 2011

Somare tribunal adjourned


THE Leadership Tribunal on Arthur Somare has been adjourned indefinitely pending the outcome of a judicial review hearing to begin on Monday, The National reports.
Somare had asked the tribunal to review its earlier decision in which it rejected his application to have his case dismissed. He had based his application on the fact that the reference from the public prosecutor's office to the Leadership Tribunal was to have been signed by the acting public prosecutor Camillus Sambua and not by any other person. It was instead signed by state prosecutor Kathwa Umpake.
The tribunal ruled last month that Umpake had jurisdiction to sign the reference which contained 11 allegations against Somare and which the tribunal had accepted on July 4.
Somare who was not satisfied asked the tribunal to review that decision.
Justice Les Gavara-Nanu granted this and said the judicial review would be heard in the National Court

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