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The Post Courier 23.3.12
Trio out on bail
Chief Justice takes the bench as cops swamp the Court house
By TODAGIA KELOLA 23 March 2012
POLICE Commissioner Toami Kulunga and two of his senior officers were yesterday released on bail by the Supreme Court on contempt of court charges.
Mr Kulunga, his deputy Simon Kauba and Director of Special Services Superintendent David Manning were each released on a K500 bail by the Supreme Court, comprising the five most senior Judges of the country, including the Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia, DCJ Gibbs Salika, Justices Bernard Sakora, Nicholas Kirriwom and Les Gavera-Nanu .
The three top cops were hauled before the court, charged by the Supreme Court for contempt after they were alleged to have defied two Supreme Court orders made on November 10, 2011 and February 2, 2012 which basically ordered that police refrain from harassing, intimidating or arresting Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia.
The three men were alleged to have ordered the arrest of Sir Salamo recently in a matter involving the estate of the late Judge Timothy Hinchliffe, however Sir Salamo had successfully taken out a permanent stay order effectively stopping the proceedings against him.
Some concerned lawyers yesterday said it was not proper for the Chief Justice to be sitting on the bench in the case involving the very people who ordered his arrest and prosecution.
On Wednesday, Parliament passed the controversial Judicial Conduct Bill, designed to deal with ethical behaviour of judges by giving Parliament power to deal directly with the judicial arm.
Yesterday’s proceedings started with a huge presence of policemen who filled the court premises and surrounding areas including the Judges private car-park.
The road leading to the court house was swarming with policemen, many fully armed and in battle gear.
This didn’t go down well with the five men judges and the three police officers were ordered to issue an instruction for their men to immediately vacate the court premises and be stationed some 500 metres away from the court area.
The judges raised concern that the presence of armed policemen within the vicinity of the court area is a direct threat and a form of intimidation on the judiciary.
“Courts should not be put in a situation to be intimidated or threatened. Courts and judges should be allowed to act freely and should not be threatened in any way” said Chief Justice Sir Salamo. [i.e.:” I should be able to sit on any court I wish to, we are above the law and any ridiculous notion of conflict of interest!”----- Recall that on Thursday 2/2/12, the Papua New Guinea National Executive Council suspended Chief-Justice Sir Salamo Injia for the second time, and the move was countered by the Supreme Court on the same day, by a stay order Injia himself signed!] “There is no security threat, just the sight of armed policemen is intimidating,” said Deputy Chief Justice Gibbs Salika.
The three senior police officers were ordered to the dock and details of their alleged acts of contempt were read out to them. The three have been charged with six alleged acts of contempt.
After hearing their charges they were asked if they were ready to make their defence but they all said they were not ready.
Their case has been adjourned to May 7. Registrar of the Supreme and National Court Ian Augerea who is prosecuting the contemnors is been represented by Davis Stevens while the three alleged contemnors are been represented by Michael Wilson from Warner Shand lawyers.
Sir Michael slams passage of Judiciary Bill
By GORETHY KENNETH
GRAND Chief Sir Michael Somare has slammed the passage of the Judicial Conduct Bill and is saddened by the continued unconstitutional behaviour of the O’Neill-Namah Regime.
Sir Michael is in his East Sepik electorate where he is duty bound and visiting his people. [presuming anyone still recognizes him there].He was very concerned yesterday when advised of the passage of the Judicial Conduct Bill in Parliament this week.
“It is important for Papua New Guinea to immediately hold General Elections to put an end to the barrage of unconstitutional acts, like the latest passage of the Judicial Conduct Bill,” Sir Michael said.
“It is obvious that Mr O’Neill and his followers are avoiding the judgment of the courts. But it is offensive and absolutely inappropriate to put self interest ahead of the greater interest of Papua New Guinea.
“I would like to remind these members of Parliament that people of Papua New Guinea gave them that privilege to represent them in the National Parliament. [i.e.” Despite my attempts at a military counter-coup, and my own use of the Supreme Court to reclaim my pay-packet, I now acknowledge the people of PNG have given them the right to represent the country as PM”]
“I therefore urge them to stop interfering with the court process by making unconstitutional retrospective legislation. You cannot right a wrong using your numerical strength in Parliament. [Hold on: didn’t he just say they the support of the people is what gives them the right to serve? ] They bring great shame to our democracy by their constant menace and meddling with the independence of the judiciary.
“We have done leaps and bounds as a people. We united under one country, one flag in 1975. We showed the world that despite adopting a foreign system of government we have respected the Constitution that we had tailored to suit our diverse cultures.
“I call on the public service especially the disciplinary forces to distance yourselves from this insanity by elected members of Parliament. You must not take part in assisting them to defer the General Elections.
“I urge the disciplinary forces to not deny every Papua New Guinean the right to vote. We have held elections on schedule since independence and this election should be no exception.
“These members of Parliament have shown how they will wield power and the judiciary is only the beginning. I believe shortly they will turn their attention on the Office of the Electoral Commission.
“I support my Attorney-General, Sir Arnold Amet in commending Australia’s Foreign Minister Bob Carr who broke Australia’s silence to encourage free and fair elections in Papua New Guinea. [i.e.:”Look South!!!---Now that I’ve been demoted I can no longer maintain an ambivalent look-north policy that reduces Carr’s imperious comments to irrelevance…”]
“I call on the Commonwealth of Nations, the United Nations and all development partners to support the people of Papua New Guinea to exercise their right to vote during this coming General Election,’’ said Sir Michael.