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PORT MORESBY - Papua New Guinea's former prime minister Peter O'Neill has denied a claim that he has fled the country to avoid being arrested
This is despite police last week withdrawing an arrest warrant for Mr O'Neill after his lawyers had launched a legal challenge to its validity.
The warrant had been issued for the Ialibu-Pangia MP at the Waigani District Court on 11 October.
PNG's acting police commissioner David Manning said investigators sought the warrant in relation to a corruption case.
The national court issued a stay on the arrest while Mr O'Neill's legal team sought leave for a judicial review of the warrant.
But police minister Bryan Kramer posted on Facebook that Mr O'Neill fled to Australia on Friday shortly before the national court ruling on his judicial review proceedings.
However O'Neill rubbished this claim, saying he had flown to Sydney to be with his children.
"I have every right to travel and attend to my children's needs," O'Neill told Radio New Zealand.
The former prime minister also denied Kramer's claim that O'Neill and his lawyers earlier fabricated a defective arrest warrant document to put before the court.
Last Thursday after police withdrew the warrant, O'Neill's lawyers argued against the move, saying police would just seek a fresh warrant to avoid the review.
The state solicitor, however, argued that O'Neill's lawyers were trying to delay the matter by keeping it in court.
The case remains adjourned.