7 Jul 2014

PNG PM to drop court proceedings

4:44 pm on 7 July 2014

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister has instructed his lawyers to withdraw all court proceedings, including appeals, to let government agencies do their job in verifying legal bills paid to Paraka Lawyers.

For the past three weeks, Peter O'Neill has been embroiled in a legal wrestle over attempts by sections of the police force to arrest him over his role in allegedly illegal payments to the law firm.

Peter O'Neill

Peter O'Neill Photo: Wikimedia

The Post Courier reports Mr O'Neill saying he has always made himself available for questions that proper investigators put to him and that he stands ready to do that.

He says this is why after considering all the events of the past two weeks, has has instructed his lawyers to withdraw all the legal proceedings including the appeals against the court ruling upholding his arrest warrant.