28 Jul 2014

PNG court keeps Taskforce Sweep

8:31 pm on 28 July 2014

Papua New Guinea's national court has permanently stayed an attempt by the National Executive Council to disband the anti-corruption unit Taskforce Sweep.

The government moved to disband the agency last month after one of its investigations alleged that the Prime Minister, Peter O'Neill, had authorised illegal payments of 29 million US dollars to a law firm.

Taskforce Sweep's chairman, Sam Koim, subsequently filed a review application, citing personal bias and unreasonable actions in its removal.

Our correspondent, Todagia Kelola, says the judge agreed there is a strong case to keep Taskforce Sweep, at least for now.

"Previously it was an interim stay that the court gave to Sam Koim, but the judge granted the permanent stay as requested by Sam Koim and Taskforce Sweep until the substantive matter is fully determined by the National Court."

Todagia Kelola in Port Moresby.