PNG chief magistrate accused of misconduct

3:06 pm on 7 October 2015

Moves are afoot in Papua New Guinea to suspend a chief magistrate, Nerri Eliakim, over alleged misconduct.

The Papua New Guinea Supreme Court.

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

Magistrate Eliakim had issued an arrest warrant against Prime Minister Peter O'Neill early this year.

The actions against her have come to light in a leaked letter from the Chief Secretary Sir Manasupe Zurenuoc to the Attorney-General Ano Pala who expressed surprise at the document being made available to the public.

Mr Pala has confirmed he received the letter, which will now go through the normal legal process for a decision or determination to be made.

Chief Magistrate Eliakim has told the Post Courier that she is aware of the attempt to remove her but stands ready to defend herself though the legal process of the Judicial and Legal Services Commission.

Last week, two senior police officers investigating the prime minister were sacked for ill-discipline.