3 Feb 2004

PNG's Ombudsman Commission cleared of contempt charges

8:18 am on 3 February 2004

The National Court of Papua New Guinea has cleared the ombudsman's commission of contempt charges.

The commission had stopped a one million US dollar payment to a group of landowners in West Sepik province.

The decision had been challenged but as our correspondent, Peter Niesi, reports the commission was cleared.

"To the tribulation of the ombudsman commission they were cleared of that and the key indication coming from the Ombudsman Commission is that we did right. We had tried to stop an uneccessary payment, pending an investigation that realised our role in that matter."