Stay in PNG push to dismiss Task Force Sweep

2:18 pm on 16 February 2017

The work of the Investigation Task Force Sweep team will remain in effect in Papua New Guinea while the Supreme Court expedites the hearing of an appeal against the dismissal of its judicial review.

The Supreme Court in Papua New Guinea.

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

Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia ordered a stay against the National Court's decision in December which dismissed the judicial review.

The review was filed by Sam Koim as Chairman of the Investigation Task Force Sweep team over its disbanding in 2014.

He filed an appeal last month on 13 grounds against the decision of trial judge, Justice Collin Makail.

Sir Salamo, after considering the grounds and application for leave to appeal against the lower court's decision, allowed the appeal to go for substantive hearing because it was a case of national importance.

The Prime Minister Peter O'Neill, the National Executive Council, its servants and agents are now restrained by the Supreme Court from carrying out the dismissal decision until the appeal is determined.

Mr Koim, as Chairman, was also ordered to take all necessary steps to prepare the appeal for hearing in the April Supreme Court sitting.

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