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Parliament suspends Chief Justice and Justice Kirriwom

Owen Blackwell, AAP

Papua New Guinea’s parliament has voted to effectively suspend two of the nation’s top judges after Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia refused to remove himself from overseeing hearings into the government’s legitimacy.

The move comes less than a week after Prime Minister Peter O’Neill indicated he would seek wider consultation before implementing the controversial enabling laws that allow the suspensions.

The motion to suspend Sir Salamo and Justice Nicholas Kirriwom was carried on voices at the conclusion of Wednesday’s parliamentary session.

In court earlier, Sir Salamo declined to recuse himself from the constitutional hearings.

Government lawyers had argued he would indirectly benefit from finding against the government because they had repeatedly tried to suspend him.

The Supreme Court veteran was arrested last month for allegedly trying to pervert the course of a police investigation into his handling of court finances.

Soon after his arrest, the court issued a permanent stay of proceedings, calling the police investigation an abuse of process.

Government lawyers earlier this week applied for Justice Kirriwom to stand aside after a memo bearing his signature and calling on judges to band together to fight government attacks against the judiciary was leaked online.

Justice Korriwom ruled against an application for him to stand down on Tuesday.

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  1. Tia
    April 5, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Armed policemen are presently at the Kirriwom residence trying to serve the judge his suspension notice. Why won’t they serve it at his office? Why the house? Do they think he will try to escape? Are 3 ten seaters and dozens of policemen necessary? Ol poret lo m? The onlookers and neighbours are not impressed with this heavy handed tactic. O’Neill u wok lo soim mipla just what kind of a leader you are. You are not a man of your word. Fellow Papua New Guineans do we need this kind of emotional, spur of the moment person at the helm of the country?

  2. April 5, 2012 at 9:39 am

    I knew it!
    Oneils assurance to seek wider consultation on the Judicial Conduct bill and act after 9 months was too good to be true. We were misled by a misfit who has misused his position to benefit himself.
    When you come to think of it, he has only 2 months left so what good will this bill do for him after 9 months?
    He would have lost the election by then, thanks to the people of Ialibu/Pangia. That bill was enacted to benefit the oneil regime only and not for the good of our nation. Shame on you guys in the parliament.

  3. April 5, 2012 at 9:56 am

    I knew it!
    Oneils assurance to seek wider consultation and act on the Judicial Conduct bill after 9 Months was too good to be true.
    But then, he has only 2 months left so what good will this bill do for him after 9 months? He’s just proven to all that this law was enacted to suit his need for revenge and a mellow submissive judiciary.
    This misfit has misused his position and has misled the nation.
    What a shame!

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