Twivey appears for mention in court


A LAWYER charged with attempting to pervert course of justice appeared at the Waigani National Court yesterday.
Tiffany Twivey, from Twivey Lawyers, appeared before Deputy Chief Justice Sir Gibbs Salika for her first mention after she was committed to a trial about two weeks ago by the Waigani Committal Court.
She was represented by lawyer Philip Tabuchi, from Young and Williams Lawyers.
Lawyer representing the State, Pealiwan Koralyo from the Office of the Public Prosecutor, told the court that she was yet to receive Twivey’s file.
The court adjourned the case to April 3 for further mention.
Twivey was committed on March 9 to stand trial on a charge of attempting to pervert the course of justice in relation to a warrant of arrest against the Treasury Secretary Dairi Vele.
Magistrate John Kaumi ruled that there was a prima facie case established by the prosecution that would warrant the committal of Twivey to the higher court for trial.
Kaumi made the ruling after the court found that there was sufficient evidence provided by the police.
It was alleged that between July 28 and 30, 2015, Twivey acted for her client Vele and allegedly attempted without knowledge and authority of police informant Timothy Gitua and leave from the district court, removed the name of Gitua and replaced it with the Royal Constabulary of Papua New Guinea in a court proceeding.
This was allegedly done in order to disassociate Gitua from executing a warrant of arrest against Vele and also to stop him from further participating in the proceeding.
She was arrested and charged on April 11 last year by detectives from the National Fraud and Anti-Corruption Directorate in Port Moresby.

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