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.”