8 Jan 2014

Removal of PNG parliament artefacts on hold

4:21 pm on 8 January 2014

A former Papua New Guinea prime minister has succeeded in extending an order to stop the speaker from continuing to remove and destroy artefacts at parliament.

Sir Michael Somare had gone to court on the last day of 2013 and successfully obtained interim restraining orders until the matter is fully argued in court.

It has been extended to January the 17th and prevents the speaker, Theodore Zurenouc, and others from taking away cultural property including artefacts, art works, adornments and totem poles.

The speaker's actions attracted a lot of criticisms both from members of parliament, the media and the public.