FORMER Papua New Guinean police commissioner Geoffrey Vaki was yesterday found guilty of contempt of court in relation to his failure to execute an arrest warrant against PNG’s prime minister Peter O’Neill.
The warrant related to Mr O’Neill’s alleged authorisation of K78.1 million in state funds which was paid to Paul Paraka Lawyers.
In a National Court sitting presided over by Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia, it was ruled that Mr Vaki deliberately and willfully prevented the arrest of Mr O’Neill.
Sir Salamo said the arrest warrant issued by the District Court on 12 June 2014 was proper and accurate.
The court found Mr Vaki guilty on four counts: preventing police from arresting the prime minister, applying to the court to prevent the arrest, ordering four policemen to guard Mr O’Neill and issuing a media statement on the issue.
The former police commissioner was released on self-recognisance and will appear in court again next week.
The warrant of arrest is still effective but cannot be actioned because an application for judicial review by Mr O’Neill is still pending.