1 Nov 2006

PNG's Sir Moi Avei suspended over alleged misconduct

4:02 pm on 1 November 2006

Papua New Guinea's Petroleum and Energy Minister, Sir Moi Avei, has been suspended from office over alleged charges of misconduct in office.

The newspaper, the Post Courier, says Sir Moi, who is a former Deputy Prime Minister, has been suspended on full pay pending a leadership tribunal's determination of four misconduct in office allegations against him.

The matter has been adjourned till November the 13th when Sir Moi's lawyer will discuss with the tribunal the hearing dates and the number of witnesses each party intend to call.

Meanwhile, another MP, Gallus Yumbui, has been found guilty of four charges of misconduct in office.

The leadership tribunal will not hand down a penalty on Mr Yumbui until the end of the month.