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O’Neill: Chief justice’s shock intervention

LetterKEITH JACKSON

NOOSA – The Papua New Guinea chief justice, Sir Gibbs Salika, has made an extraordinary intervention in politics by lodging a complaint against police minister Bryan Kramer alleging he has spread “a false or misleading report”.

And Salika’s letter of complaint was quickly leaked to Facebook.

The complaint related to an article posted by Kramer on Facebook referring to the chief justice’s role in judicial review proceedings involving former prime minister Peter O’Neill.

“His [Kramer’s] article on the face book page is inciting trouble or tending to cause trouble or ill-feeling among people,” Salika wrote.

“I request the police to investigate the matter and to lay appropriate charges under Section 11 of the Summary Offences Act and look at the possibility of laying charges under the Cyber Crime Act as well.”

Kramer moved to establish the authenticity of the leak, raising the issue with the acting police commissioner who confirmed his office had received it and that the leaked letter was authentic.

Kramer responded with a statement of his own which recounted how, following the issue of an arrest warrant against O’Neill on allegations of official corruption and his subsequent efforts to avoid arrest, there had been numerous allegations and counter allegations of forgery, misconduct and abuse of office by all parties involved.

This included the arrest of O’Neill’s lawyer George Lau and a court official on charges of forgery, uttering and attempting to pervert the court of justice.

Kramer had earlier accused O'Neill's legal team of fabricating a flawed arrest warrant for O'Neill in an attempt to deceive the national court.

Kramer said he was “only too happy to make myself available to the police officers tasked to investigate the chief justice’s complaint.

“For the record I won’t be avoiding arrest by hiding under the bed of a hotel room, hiding out in parliament, or fleeing the country,” he said.

“I look forward to being called in for questioning and assisting police investigations by providing credible evidence to justify the statements published on Facebook including evidence that is yet to be made public.”

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Rangum Wunik

I have observed and read a lot of BK's post. BK is very selective and logical in his report always backed with credible evidence. I think this time BK has lured CJ indirectly....... and guess what, CJ has got himself got hooked. The next course of actions by BK will be interesting. BK too good you are.

Kenny Pawa Ambaisi

I think the chief justice is not wrong in posting a complaint on Facebook. This is one way of clearing his alliance with the former prime minister and also testing whether the posts by the police minister are factual or not.

But what alarms me here is the forgery of court documents in such a high profile case. Ridiculous.

Daniel Kumbon

I was told in the hausman to be careful when you try to rescue a person who is drowning. He will try to grab you to take with him down into the depths.

David Kitchnoge

Bryan and I were in the same debating team back in our university days and I saw first hand his application of reason and logical argument supported by research.

He hasn't lost any of those attributes over the years from my reading of his multitude of writing in recent times.

It seems he is really shaking the tree. Bravo brother. Keep going.

Justin Kundalin

Why is it that high-profile people are not doing the right thing.

At this point in time, there is no way that anybody can help former PM O'Neill because the country has had enough of him and his team.

It's time that he faced the consequences of what he has done. Nothing is more powerful than truth and nothing will overcome truth. Why is it that people are becoming fools?

Either PNG will sink or continue to sail in the ocean depending on the decision made by the chief justice when the dust is finally settled.

Dr Albert Schram

So sad. Why is it so hard to do the right thing and keep the judiciary independent?

Meanwhile, Peter O'Neill is laughing in his mansion in Sydney, paid for by his ill-begotten gains from theft and bribery.

Lindsay F Bond

Having been surprised that, in the wake of report of a "letter of complaint", there have been rather few early respondents, I am pleased at seeing this article by Keith.

Any written contribution be made by a chief justice is likely to be viewed as grave among those of the 'third pillar' of democracy.

Particularly, it is one thing to urge investigation, quite another in the use of the word 'charge'.

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