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Ano_PalaRadio New Zealand International

A PAPUA New Guinea court has dismissed all criminal proceedings against the attorney general and justice minister Ano Pala.

Mr Pala was arrested and charged with abuse of office and misappropriation in April in a series of high-profile arrests by the police anti-corruption unit.

The Supreme Court last month quashed the warrant of arrest against Mr Pala, and his legal team has sought to end all proceedings against him.

The National newspaper reports that magistrate John Kaumi said the Supreme Court ruling was clear and dismissed all proceedings and ordered that Mr Pala's bail money be refunded.


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