21 Oct 2004

PNG Opposition MP alleges malicious prosecution

8:36 am on 21 October 2004

A senior Opposition MP and one of his key advisors say they will sue the state of Papua New Guinea for malicious prosecution.

The Governor of Milne Bay province, Tim Neville, and the former MP Ben Micah, yesterday told lawyers to issue proceedings against the state.

Both men were charged with allegedly offering money to the Governor of West Sepik province, Carlos Yuni, to switch to the Opposition.

The Waigani Committal Court yesterday dismissed a bribery charge against Mr Micah.

But the Opposition says police have told the court they lack sufficient information to go ahead in both cases.