16 Jul 2014

Taskforce Sweep to continue to operate, for now

8:42 pm on 16 July 2014

Papua New Guinea's leading anti-corruption unit, Task Force Sweep, will continue to operate after the National Court adjourned its ruling on the unit's future.

The unit was disbanded by the government after one of its investigations alleged that the Prime Minister, Peter O'Neill had authorised illegal payments of 29 million US dollars to Paul Paraka lawyers.

But its chairman Sam Koim, filed for a judicial review saying he was denied natural justice, and the disbanding was unreasonable and against the principles of democracy.

The National Court last week granted an interim stay on the abolition, which was extended today ahead of a final decision on July the 28th.