PNG minister wins Supreme Court appeal

8:30 pm on 16 July 2015

Papua New Guinea's Supreme Court has upheld an appeal by the public enterprises minister, Ben Micah, who is challenging the Ombudsman Commission's decision to refer him to the public prosecutor.

The decision overrules a National Court ruling handed down in May, which refused to grant Mr Micah a judicial review.

Mr Micah was referred by the Ombudsman Commission in March after allegations of misconduct in office and breaches of the Leadership Code surfaced.

But Mr Micah sought a review, which the National Court rejected.

But the newspaper, The National, says the Supreme Court is satisfied Mr Micah has an arguable case and was not satisfied that the Leadership Tribunal had the jurisdiction to consider if the referral was valid.

It ordered the commission to provide Mr Micah the reasons for its referral within seven days.

The judicial review will now take place in the National Court at a later date.