1 Jun 2012

PNG sedition charges against judges stand

4:49 pm on 1 June 2012

The Papua New Guinea police say sedition charges against two top judges will not be dropped despite the O'Neill government accepting a Supreme Court ruling that went against it.

A complaint laid by the caretaker Prime Minister Peter O'Neill led to police arresting the Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia and a fellow Supreme Court judge last week.

They were arrested after the court upheld an earlier ruling that the O'Neill government is illegal.

After months of disputing the ruling, parliament accepted the decision and elected Mr O'Neill as prime minister.

However, the Assistant Police commissioner, Francis Tokura, says the sedition charges remain.

"The cases will not be dropped. They will still go through the normal court process and it will be up to the court to decide whether they... they will still be pursued until the court makes a ruling on that."

Francis Tokura