Judge's case not linked to PM - PNG Govt

11:06 am on 9 October 2015

Papua New Guinea's government says moves to investigate a Chief Magistrate have nothing to do with her issuing an arrest warrant against the Prime Minister last year.

In a letter to the Attorney General, Ano Pala, the Chief Secretary to the Government, Sir Manasupe Zurenuoc, referred judge Nerrie Eliakim for investigation over allegations of misconduct in office.

Ms Eliakim is the Magistrate who last year issued an arrest warrant against Prime Minister Peter O'Neill over a major fraud case, which has fuelled speculation in Papua New Guinea.

However our correspondent, Todagia Kelola, says Sir Manasupe has come out to deny any link.

"The Chief Secretary released a statement basically saying that this decision by him to refer the chief magistrate to jail has got nothing to do with the Prime Minister's case."

The Papua New Guinea Supreme Court.

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