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THE SUPREME COURT of Papua New Guinea yesterday ordered the arrest of Deputy Prime Minister Belden Namah and Attorney General Dr Allan Marat.

This followed an announcement by Mr Namah on Thursday that Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia had been suspended pending an investigation into multiple charges, including mismanagment of court funds.

The court ordered that Mr Namah and Dr Marat be arrested and brought before the court on Monday morning.

"The Registrar of the Supreme Court shall file and serve charges on two alleged contemnors the Hon Belden Namah and the Hon Dr Allan Marat within seven days," the court order said.

The order also restrains the government from implementing its decision to suspend Sir Salamo from office.

The Chief Justice had been presiding over a case into the constitutional legitimacy of the O'Neill government, which took power on 2 August in a 70-24 vote in parliament.

That decision, by a panel of five judges, is due to be handed down on 9 December.

Prime Minister Peter O'Neill is currently in Hawaii for the APEC leaders meeting.

Mr Namah and Dr Marat are believed not to be currently in Port Moresby. 

Source: AAP / News.com.au, 11 November

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