By JAMES PERIAP
In September 2013 in an ABC’s Four Corners program television interview with Peter O’Neill, Mr O’Neill was impeached with the allegation of his involvement with Parakagate and the NPF inquiries. He responded with the words “If there is evidence suggesting that in my dealing with anybody was corrupt, I am answerable to the same laws like anybody else. The challenge is on my critics….“
O’Neill was tested against his own public pronouncements when an arrest warrant was served on him in June 2014. Instead of living up to his promise, he wielded power, removing all persons involved in his arrest including the anti-corruption team he established. On the same day, he ran to court and obtained a temporary stay order, forestalling his arrest. The temporary stay order was immediately discharged and further applications to the District and Supreme Courts were refused, paving way for O’Neill to be arrested.
On 5th July 2014, considering that the court would not protect him, Mr O’Neill made a decision to withdraw all the court proceedings and pin his fate on his pawn police commissioner. The Post Courier newspaper of the following day reported him saying "I have always made myself available and I will answer questions that proper investigators put to me and I stand ready to do that," Mr O’Neill said when announcing this yesterday.
"At no stage have I tried to avoid being held accountable for my actions as Prime Minister since assuming office in August 2011.”
The Police Commissioner, PM’s anchor of fate, was however bombarded with multiple criminal and contempt proceedings by members of the Fraud Squad. As a result, the Police Commissioner was physically and emotionally distraught to such an extent where he admitted publicly that he was unable to perform his duties and functions as the police commissioner. Mr O’Neill’s refuge in Commissioner Vaki was therefore not promising.
Instead of owning up and turning up for a formal interview with the police just like anybody else, Mr O’Neill, with the aide of his highly paid team of expert lawyers (mostly from Australia), ran back to court and sought refuge. Mr O’Neill did so under the guise of raising constitutional questions. He was successful and obtained an order restraining police from executing the arrest warrant against him.
With respect to the recent referral for leadership tribunal hearing in relation to the controversial K3 Billion UBS loan, Mr O’Neill then welcomed the referral by the Public Prosecutor and said ““The Public Prosecutor’s referral is noted, and we welcome this decision,” the Prime Minister said. “It gives us an opportunity to go before the independent tribunal and the courts to determine the outcomes of these decisions based on real evidence that will be presented to the tribunal and can be cross-examined.”
How could the Prime Minister of our country welcome a decision and want the process to commence immediately yet runs to court to stop it? If he’s got nothing to hide, why running to court? Unless the appropriate tribunal decides otherwise, no amount of court restraining order will address the real questions hanging over PM O’Neill.
The Court is now a refugee camp for Peter O’Neill!
We Papua New Guineans have been fed with far too many lies by this Prime Minister that we are now accustomed to his lies. I think that is the reason why we are not taking it seriously. Peter O’Neill is now our esteemed “contradictory guru”.