29 Jun 2011

PNG cabinet minister Arthur Somare to face Leadership Tribunal on Monday

6:24 pm on 29 June 2011

Papua New Guinea's Minister of Public Enterprises, Arthur Somare, the son of Sir Michael Somare, will face a leadership tribunal next Monday.

The National newspaper says the tribunal is to decide whether Mr Somare can continue as an MP pending the tribunal hearing on allegations of misconduct in office.

Much will depend on his submissions before the three-member tribunal headed by Justice Salatiel Lenalia.

The paper says the other two members were appointed nearly five years ago.

Lenalia was appointed by Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia three weeks ago following the National Court's dismissal early this month of Mr Somare's last ditch attempts to have his referral stopped.

Deputy Chief Justice Gibbs Salika ruled that Mr Somare's application had no merit.

Following this decision, Sir Salamo said the way was open for a new chairman to be appointed and for the stalled tribunal to get under way.