9 Mar 2012

PNG judges suspend cases in protest at Injia arrest

2:36 pm on 9 March 2012

A number of judges in Papua New Guinea have suspended hearing cases in protest at this week's arrest of the Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia.

A former judge Nemo Yalo says the police move has caused deep concern within the judiciary.

Sir Salamo was arrested after allegations he had illegally redirected into court coffers about 100,000 US dollars meant for the son of the late Justice, Timothy Hinchliffe.

Charged with trying to pervert the course of justice, Sir Salamo's committal hearing has been adjourned until May.

Mr Yalo says the judiciary is understandably upset about the manner in which the Chief Justice was apprehended in the middle of the road.

"There were a number of police vehicles involved with heavily armed police. Certainly it's a bit heavy handed. He is not an ordinary citizen who would abscond any request or direction by the police to attend to the police station to answer questions in relation to the allegations they may have, etc etc. So it could have been handled a bit better."

Nemo Yalo