10 May 2008

Probe into alleged misconduct by PNG's PM stalled

9:43 am on 10 May 2008

A probe into alleged misconduct by Papua New Guinea Prime Minister, Sir Michael Somare, has been stalled until a legal challenge is resolved in court.

The lawyers for Sir Michael have applied for an injunction to halt an Ombudsman Commission investigation into alleged irregularities in the prime minister's personal finances.

The application was adjourned was on Friday until May 15 to allow Sir Michael's lawyer, Kerenga Kua, to read a submission by lawyers for PNG's ombudsman.

PNG's ombudsman wants to probe a range of misconduct claims against Sir Michael, dating back to 1992.

PNG's National newspaper has reported allegations that Sir Michael failed to lodge information about his assets, income and business connections, or that he filed late or incompletely.