Monday, November 14, 2011

CJ can still help decide on ESP reference: Govt

Source: Post Courier, November 14, 2011
By TODAGIA KELOLA
THE suspension of the Chief Justice has got nothing to do with him presiding over the East Sepik Provincial Executive Council reference.And he can still be part of the bench that will deliver its decision come December 9
Both the Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and his deputy Belden Namah said this in separate statements.
Mr O’Neill said from Honolulu, Hawaii, where he was attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation forum: “No one should link Sir Salamo’s suspension with the Supreme Court proceedings into the legality and constitutionality of my election as Prime Minister and that of our Government on August 2.
“Both are separate matters altogether.
“I appealed to all parties for maturity and commonsense to prevail and to allow the due judicial and legal processes to take their normal course in the allegations against Sir Salamo and the proceedings against our Government’s legitimacy and constitutionality.”
While Mr Namah said: “No individual is above the law and that applies to all citizens’ irrespective of status, professional or social standing.
“The allegations for which the National Executive Council has seen fit to suspend the Chief Justice are unrelated to his role as chair of the Supreme Court proceedings into the events of August 2.
“The allegations against Sir Salamo are unfortunate occurrence. They were brought to the attention of the former government by agents of State, including the police but were not acted upon.
“Our Government has now attended to that pending matter.
“These turn of events relating to the Chief Justice does not prevent him from handing down judgments on cases that he has presided over – including the judgement on proceedings related to the events of August 2 – prior to his suspension by the NEC on Thursday.’’

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