Yama files for probe on prosecutor

National, Normal

The National, Friday, 27th May 2011

MADANG businessman Peter Yama has laid a formal complaint to police to investigate and arrest acting public prosecutor Camillus Sambua for possibly perverting the cause of justice in relation to his ongoing court battle with the banks.
He fronted at Boroko police station yesterday to lay the complaint, suggesting that Sambua should be arrested and charged.
Yama’s complaint followed Sambua’s decision to withdraw 49 counts of misappropriation charges against Australian banker John Maddison.
Maddison had appeared in the lower courts for allegedly misappropriating more than K1.3 million belonging to Neisenal No.77, a subsidiary of the Yama Group of Companies, owned by Yama.
He asked police to investigate why Sambua had taken 15 working days from the day of his acting appointment to drop a charge that had taken three years to investigate.
“I know that the truth will prevail; the rule of law must apply whether one is big or small,” Yama later told a media conference at his Boroko home.
He said he had questioned why Maddison had been set free after being convicted by the cCommittal Court to stand trial together with his co-accused Garth McIllwain.
Yama met with NCD police heavies, including MetSupt Fred Sheekiot and Supt Joseph Tondop to lodge his complaint.
He claimed that former public prosecutors, Jim Wala Tamate and Jack Pambel had been consulted by police on whether the matter was civil or criminal in nature and, because both approved that it should be prosecuted criminally, the matter was prosecuted criminally.