Prime Minister and Ano Pala tried to use the Supreme Court Reference to stay other proceedings including the Sakora J orders in Supreme Court. The Supreme Court five men bench literally tore their application in pieces.

THE Waigani National Court has refused an application filed by Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and the National Executive Council to adjourn the hearing of two notices of motion relating to the legal representation of the Task Force Sweep Team chairman Sam Koim.

Lawyer representing O’Neill and NEC Desmond Kipa, from Twivey Lawyers, told the court that lawyer Tiffany Twivey was in charge of the two motions and she could not be available in court because of what happened to her on Monday.

Twivey stated in her affidavit that she was locked up at the National Fraud and Anti-Corruption interview room on Monday for about 14 hours with no electricity and water, which affected her physically and psychologically.

Her medical certificate was submitted to the court indicating that she was not fit for work. The medical certificate indicated that she sustained several bruises from the arrest and had an infection in an eye as a result of the prolonged detention at the National Fraud and Anti-Corruption Office in the National Capital District.

Justice Collin Makail, in refusing the application, said every person was subjected to such conditions in the police stations.

“That’s the reality in PNG”, Makail said.
“Why would Twivey’s situation be treated different from others? What happened to Twivey was a reality, which will be experienced by everyone,” he said.

The two motions were filed separately by Attorney-General Ano Pala with the State and Jema Lawyers.

Pala and the State filed their motion on March 18 seeking orders to restrain Jema Lawyers and overseas lawyer Greg Egan from representing Koim in the judicial review of the disbanded Task Force Sweep Team by NEC.

Jema Lawyers filed its motion on March 24 seeking the inherent jurisdiction of the court to allow it to continue to represent Koim.