Former PNG PM's arrest warrant court hearing adjourned

8:13 pm on 22 October 2019

A National Court hearing for a legal challenge to the validity of an arrest warrant for Papua New Guinea's former Prime Minister, Peter O'Neill, has been adjourned to Friday.

Prime Minister Peter O'Neill of Papua New Guinea.

Prime Minister Peter O'Neill of Papua New Guinea. Photo: PETER PARKS / AFP

An arrest warrant was issued for the Ialibu-Pangia MP at the Waigani District Court on 11 October.

PNG's Acting Police Commissioner David Manning said investigators sought the warrant in relation to a corruption case.

Last week Mr O'Neill's lawyers went to the court and successfully applied for a stay order on the warrant .

According to the NBC, lawyers representing Mr O'Neill and the police agreed for the adjournment after appearing for the matter today.

No specific reasons were given however, the stay order preventing the arrest warrant from being executed was extended, until the case is heard and determined.

Police will explain to the National Court the information laid to the District Court to obtain the warrant, while Mr O'Neill will argue the warrant is defective and should be dismissed.