Charges against judge struck out

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The Nationl, Monday 3rd September, 2012

SEDITION charges against Justice Nicholas Kirriwom were struck out by Waigani Committal Court magistrate Rosie Johnson last Friday.
Kirriwom was charged with sedition along with Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia.
Sir Salamo and Kirriwom were among a five-man Supreme Court bench which declared Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare as the country’s legitimate prime minister on May 21 this year.
Following that decision, the then O’Neill-Namah government laid charges of sedition against the two senior judges.
The magistrate found that since Kirriwom’s case commenced proceeding on May 24, no police report on the case was submitted within the required three months.
Johnson also noted from the prosecution that there was a letter from the Prime Minister’s Department, who was the complainant in this case, asking the court to discontinue the proceedings against the judges charged with sedition.