PNG PM loses bid to prevent anti-corruption investigation
PAPUA New Guinea's Supreme Court has dismissed an attempt by the country's Prime Minister to prevent anti-corruption police from investigating him.
Anti-corruption police sought to arrest and interview Peter O'Neill in June 2014.
PNG PM Peter O'Neill has lost a court bid to prevent anti-corruption investigations into his actions as PM:... https://t.co/S6tLs0Ah3Q— Eric Tlozek (@EricTlozek) April 5, 2016
But the Prime Minister and Finance Minister James Marape sought court orders effectively stopping police from arresting or interviewing them in relation to the payment of about $30 million of allegedly fraudulent legal bills.
The anti-corruption taskforce was then disbanded and the Attorney-General and Police Commissioner replaced.
On Tuesday, a three-man bench of the Supreme Court dismissed all orders preventing anti-corruption officers from further investigating the matter.