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Is Papua New Guinea’s judiciary no longer independent?

If this memo is genuine then the answer would seem to be that elements in the judiciary are clearly not independent…

  1. March 13, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    Interesting. Bloody interesting.

  2. Peter kelly
    March 13, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    3 cheers for Kirriwom J – about time someone in the judiciary went on the front foot and addressed the ‘Rule of Law’ which sadly appears to no longer exist in PNG

  3. R. Nenta
    March 13, 2012 at 9:58 pm


  4. March 13, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    Thank you Justice Kirriwom for your stand.. It was indeed so very obvious that Oneil/Nama regime do not respect for the courts whatsoever, and likewise their pupert Kulunga… I bet they have stolen more money through corrupt means than the CJ. It’s so sad that they are hellbent on destroying the hard earned career of the CJ.. That’s how low they can go. They are out to destroy the integrity of the courts. They themselves disobey court orders but then charge the CJ for the very same offence…blatant hypocrites!!
    To CJ and his brother/sister judges hold your heads high and make a stand on behalf of the people of this country, you are our last line of defense of this country… No ken poret Lo ol lowlife politicians who appear now and are gone tomorrow!!

  5. ahasimani
    March 14, 2012 at 8:52 am

    Please somebody advice of the best possible international or national approach to stop this two criminals or law breakers ie, Oneil and Namah to even sight power ever again.

    Blood shed is the last resort……

  6. Law Abiding Ciizen
    March 14, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Let’s define the term “rule of law” per wikipedia:

    The rule of law is a legal maxim that suggests that governmental decisions be made by applying known legal principles.[2] The phrase can be traced back to 17th century and was popularized in the 19th century by British jurist A. V. Dicey. The concept was familiar to ancient philosophers such as Aristotle, who wrote “Law should govern”.[3] Rule of law implies that every citizen is subject to the law. It stands in contrast to the idea that the ruler is above the law, for example by divine right.

    Despite wide use by politicians, judges and academics, the rule of law has been described as “an exceedingly elusive notion”[4] giving rise to a “rampant divergence of understandings … everyone is for it but have contrasting convictions about what it is.”

    Noone is above the law…including the courts…you all seem to be missing the point. This is a judge on the panel of judges who has already made up his mind about the outcome…tell me where is the justice in that???? We might as well not go to court with our grievances and revert to jungle justice where at least we see some justice being seen to be done

    Let’s define the term “judge” per wikipedia:

    A judge is a detective person who presides over court proceedings, either alone or as part of a panel of judges. The powers, functions, method of appointment, discipline, and training of judges vary widely across different jurisdictions. The judge is supposed to conduct the trial impartially and in an open court. The judge hears all the witnesses and any other evidence presented by the parties of the case, assesses the credibility and arguments of the parties, and then issues a ruling on the matter at hand based on his or her interpretation of the law and his or her own personal judgment. In some jurisdictions, the judge’s powers may be shared with a jury.

    Please tell me where this judge shows inpartiality…look i dont care what the outcome of the References are but if one party walks into the courtroom with a judge sitting with his made already mind up..thinking all judges are above the law…there is no justice…that makes him no better than the next man….this is a frightening position and we should be concerned about the Judiciary….. Something to think about

  7. Clancey
    March 14, 2012 at 10:04 am

    There is alot more to this than meets the eye. This I believe is from both sides. The current government have their fair share of blame but the CJ also has his share. He apparently is a staunch supporter of Somare, and those he supports have purchased for him properties in OZ.

    Like I said, there’s more to this from both sides.

    Let’s wait and see what happens from here.

  8. March 14, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    This is ridiculously supprising. I will now have to be suspicious with every move Namah’s platoon makes. How sad can that be!

  9. john
    March 15, 2012 at 10:58 am

    where is kiriwom from? Must be a somare puppett as well.

  10. Mathew
    March 15, 2012 at 10:59 am

    Great, awesome spill it out please

  11. chris jaminan
    March 15, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    I support Judge Kirriwom’s views. Charge Kulunga and Oneil Namah with contempt ASAP!

  12. March 17, 2012 at 12:05 am

    Full support Chris Jaminan. Good to see an educated Papua New Guinean like you commenting on this blog using your full real name. If I post what I really think and know here then I will probably get up getting attacked. Olsem yupela sampela ol narapela man husat nogat nem lo putim lo maus noken bagarapim nem nating blo kantri taim yu maus wara nating nating olsem ol meri jelas nating nating long ol man. HONESTY IS THE BEST POLICY.

  13. Awa Patrick
    March 24, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Reports confirmed that O’Neil’s associates Garette Kissing & Paul Isikia of Lae have put in a submission to PMs office for helicopter company valued K50m. It is confirm PM approved it & Morobe Provincial Administrator Patilius Gamato will force N/ Coast Aviation out.

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