21 Feb 2012

PNG leadership tribunal case against Arthur Somare upheld

2:42 pm on 21 February 2012

The Waigani Supreme Court in Papua New Guinea has dismissed a bid by MP Arthur Somare to stop a leadership tribunal from hearing misconduct allegations against him.

The newspaper, the National, reports that Justice Bernard Sakora found that the application to stay the tribunal was an abuse of court process and without merit.

He ordered the leadership tribunal to reconvene.

Mr Somare first made an unsuccessful attempt last year to stop the tribunal in the national court.

His appeal was thrown out then and he further appealed to the higher court to review the former's decision.