ADELAIDE - I think the article, 'Dr Schram is a great man but he should respect our courts', reflects pretty accurately the delusional state of those administering much of Papua New Guinea's judicial system.
The author mistakes the abuse of the judicial process for the proper administration of justice.
Dr Schram has been subjected to a perverted process whereby the onus of proof has effectively been reversed, leaving him forced to prove his innocence.
It is always open to a judge to dismiss an action because he or she forms the view that the claims made have no merit or are merely vexatious.
Given reports of the judge's scathing comments about the plaintiff's inability to offer any evidence to support their claims this option was certainly available, yet it has not been pursued.
References to getting Interpol to drag Dr Schram back to PNG to face its version of justice border on the bizarre.
Just what does the author think Interpol exists to do? Further the ambitions of cynical, process abusing shysters such as those pursuing Dr Schram?
The ugly truth is that this entire fiasco has been a monstrous abuse of process that has, in practice, denied Dr Schram both due process and natural justice.
As has repeatedly been pointed out, it would have been very, very easy for any competent authority to confirm the validity or otherwise of Dr Schram's qualifications, yet this was never done.
The take home message from this case is that PNG's judicial system can be easily abused by those determined to do so.
It is another example of the maladministration, incompetence and corruption that is a rampaging cancer within virtually all PNG's important institutions.
No academic administrator ought to now be in any doubt that any attempt to impose necessary reforms upon the management and direction of PNG's institutions of higher learning will be resisted by those who feel it is against their interests, including by using spurious charges to harass and intimidate.
This case will do enormous damage to PNG's interests in both the short and long term.
Quite how it can hope to attract the services of top class academics in the future is beyond my comprehension.