21 Jun 2011

PNG Supreme Court to hear challenge to Abal and Amet appointment

3:23 pm on 21 June 2011

The Supreme Court challenge mounted over the validity of the appointment of Papua New Guinea's Acting Prime Minister Sam Abal, the Justice Minister and Attorney General, Sir Arnold Amet, and Paul Tiensten as Acting Governor-General will go to trial.

The Post Courier says this follows after a former acting judge and lawyer Nemo Yalo won the first hurdle in his challenging of their appointments in December last year.

Mr Yalo claimed it was unconstitutional for the Governor-General Sir Paulias Matane to have made these appointments in Kokopo or his village in East New Britain Province while he was effectively on leave of absence or otherwise whilst on leave from duty.

The first, second and third defendants in the matter, Mr Abal, Sir Arnold the National Executive Council, instructed their lawyer not to take any position on the issue while the Speaker, Jeffery Nape, opposed the application.