13 May 2005

PNG governor allowed to travel to China despite rape charge

1:53 pm on 13 May 2005

The Madang Governor James Yali has been given the all clear to travel out of Papua New Guinea despite facing a rape charge.

Under bail conditions set by the National Court in April, Mr Yali is restricted from going abroad.

But yesterday, National Court judge Panuel Mogish varied the bail conditions to allow Mr Yali to travel to China on a business trip.

The newspaper, The National, reports that Mr Yali's lawyer Pius Kingal told the court that Mr Yali has been invited by the Chinese developers of Ramu Nickel Mine to travel to Bejing to sign documents relating to the project.