Task Force disbanding under review


A JUDICIAL proceeding to review the decision of the National Executive Council (NEC) to disband the Task Force Sweep Team in 2014 is set for trial on October 20.
The proceeding was filed in June 2014 by Task Force Sweep Team chairman Sam Koim after the team was disbanded by the NEC.
Justice Colin Makail set the trial date when presiding over the matter in the Waigani National Court yesterday. Justice Makail refused a request from Koim to amend pleadings in the review application because the review book has been settled and the matter was ready for trial.
The court directed parties to file and serve their written submissions by Oct 17.
The parties are Koim (plaintiff), Prime Minister Peter O’Neill (first defendant), NEC (second defendant), Attorney-General Ano Pala (third defendant) and the State (fourth defendant).
A motion filed by Pala and the State on March 9 regarding legal representation of Koim by private lawyers has been struck out.
The court struck out the motion because the issue of Koim’s legal representation was determined by the Supreme Court. Koim appeared in court yesterday.
The court granted leave to O’Neill and NEC to withdraw their motion filed on March 2 seeking summary dismissal of the judicial review proceeding.
Parties will rely on affidavits during the trial, which means there will be no witnesses called to give evidence in court during the trial.
The Task Force Sweep office was established on Jan 27, 2012 by the NEC following its decision made on Aug 11, 2011 to set up an investigation team to investigate corrupt deals in the Government.

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