| PNG Post-Courier
PORT MORESBY – Papua New Guinea’s deputy Prime Minister Sam Basil was suspended from leadership duties on Friday by a leadership tribunal hearing into misconduct allegations against him.
Basil, who is also commerce and industry minister, was suspended after his reference and statement of reasons were presented to the tribunal by public prosecutor Pondros Kaluwin.
Under section 28 of the Organic Law on duties and responsibilities of leadership, a leader is automatically suspended from office once allegations are presented to the tribunal.
The tribunal is chaired by Justice Allan David with senior magistrates Mark Selefkariu and Josephine Kilage as members.
Basil is assisted by lawyer Greg Sheppard and the tribunal is expected to commence the trial on Friday 1 October.
“As the matter is before the tribunal, I will not comment further in regards to the allegations,” Basil said.
United Labour Party deputy leader Lekwa Gure will take charge of the parliamentary wing of the party.