Jailed PNG MP to appeal

7:15 pm on 30 April 2015

The jailed Papua New Guinea MP Francis Potape has appealed his conviction before the country's Supreme Court.

The Papua New Guinea Supreme Court.

The Papua New Guinea Supreme Court. Photo: RNZ / Johnny Blades

The Post Courier reports that at the same time, he also made an application for leave to appeal against his three year sentence.

Potape was convicted in October after it was found that a joint district planning and budget priorities committee meeting he chaired had conspired and misappropriated more than 100,000 US dollars.

His lawyer, Ian Molloy, said the charge of conspiracy for which he was convicted was actually the resolution by the committee members in an open meeting and that Potape did not benefit from the money received by others.

There are 19 grounds of the appeal.