24 Dec 2014

Convicted PNG Governor gets bail

4:53 pm on 24 December 2014

The convicted Governor of Papua New Guinea's Gulf province, Havila Kavo has been granted 2-thousand US dollar bail by the Supreme Court in Waigani.

Kavo is serving an 18-month jail term after he was convicted on December 9 by the National Court of misappropriating 50-thousand dollars of public funds four years ago.

Presiding as a single-judge Supreme Court bench, Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia allowed Kavo's bail with conditions, pending the determination of Kavo's appeal, due to be heard in April.

They included Kavo attending all court proceedings involving his case next year; not to interfere with the witnesses and records and to seek leave of the Supreme Court if he wanted to travel out of the country.

Meanwhile, the 53-year old from Ihu remains governor pending the determination of his appeal.