BRYAN KRAMER MP
| Kramer Report
PORT MORESBY - On Thursday 14 November, former prime minister Peter O'Neill released a press statement announcing he had registered criminal complaints against me.
The complaints, made on 22 May 2019 and 28 October 2019, alleged I had made false citizenship claims against him, thus offending against sections 21 and 23 of the Cybercrime Act.
In the statement O’Neill questioned why police have failed to act on his complaints.
Section 21 of Cybercrime Act relates to defamatory publication, or publishing something that is false that damages a person's reputation, while Section 23 of CyberCrime Act relates to publication that causes intimidation, emotional stress or harassment.
A defence to both offences is where the publication is fair comment, justified and made in good faith, or based on the truth.
So what is the status of my citizenship claim against O’Neill?
The short answer is that the matter is currently in court.
In May 2019 and at the height of vote of no confidence, O’Neill filed defamation proceedings against me over my questioning of his citizenship status.
He also filed a sworn affidavit that he has never been a citizen of Australia.
The issue will now be determined by the court.
In the course of those proceedings, I have engaged a law firm in Australia to lodge a formal application under Australian Freedom to Information Act to obtain O’Neill’s citizenship status.
In the event the Australian government refuses to disclose O'Neill's citizenship status, I will consult Papua New Guinea prime minister James Marape to make a formal request through bilateral channels.
As the matter is before the court I won’t comment or provide any further particulars.