18 Aug 2016

PNG students lawyer could face court over contempt

5:20 am on 18 August 2016

The University of Papua New Guinea has served a contempt charge against the lawyer for the students representative council, Laken Lepatu Aigilo.

A contempt of court proceeding has been initiated by the UPNG's registrar Jennifer Popat following the lengthy boycott, protests and violence in June when the students demanded Prime Minister Peter O'Neill answer allegations of corruption.

She claims the lawyer encouraged students' representatives to continue their protest action despite direction from the Court restraining them.

The University is also blaming Mr Aigilo for damage at the UPNG when buildings were burnt down.

In response to the notice, Mr Aigilo said he welcomed the proceeding.

He said "the UPNG students took bullets for PNG, [so] I can take a prison term or pay a fine for PNG if found guilty."