Decision to arrest PM back in court on Oct 31


A JUDICIAL review against a decision of Chief Magistrate Nerrie Eliakim in 2014 to issue a warrant for the arrest of Prime Minister Peter O’Neill will return to court at the end of the month.
It will return for listing on Oct 31 and a trial date is expected to be set then.
O’Neill’s lawyer Desmond Kipa, from Twivey Lawyers, sought an adjournment to revise a review book for the proceeding.
Justice Colin Makail, presiding at the Waigani National Court yesterday, granted the adjournment and directed Kipa to revise the review book and give a draft of the revise review book to the defendants for their consideration.
O’Neill, Police Commissioner Gari Baki and former police commissioner Geoffrey Vaki were the plaintiffs in the review proceeding while Eliakim and the State were named as respondents.
Heads of the National Fraud and Anti-Corruption Directorate Mathew Damaru and Timothy Gitua were joined in the proceeding as third respondents on Dec 7 last year.
O’Neill appealed against their joinder and the Supreme Court upheld his appeal last Thursday and set aside the joinder of Damaru and Gitua.
The judicial review was filed by O’Neill to review the decision of the chief magistrate to issue a warrant on June 12, 2014 to arrest him regarding payments made to a private law firm by the State.

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