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Paul Paraka still trying to evade justice…

October 16, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

Law firm fails to stop arrest

Post Courier

A prominent law firm made another attempt yesterday at the Waigani District Court to seek an order to restrain police from executing a warrant of arrest issued by the district court earlier.

In a statement, the Investigation Task Force Sweep (ITFS) said despite a National Court ruling on Monday dismissing an application by Paul Paraka Lawyers for a restraining order from being searched by police, his lawyer Martin Kombri made another attempt at the district court yesterday.

The district court has reserved a decision to Friday, but the presiding magistrate told the court that this does not stop the principal of the law firm from being arrested.

The statement said the law firm was the subject of investigations by Task Force Sweep following alleged fraudulent payments made to the firm by the Finance Department on behalf of the state.

The statement said several lawyers from various law firms who have colluded with the law firm to solicit funds from the Finance Department have already been arrested and charged while others were yet to be arrested pending the outcome of this case.

The statement said attempts made by Task Force Sweep to have the principal of the law firm arrested and charged have come to a stop after he obtained an order which was dismissed by the National Court on Monday.

Mr Kombri argued that police did not need a warrant to arrest his client, hence the granting of warrant was an abuse of process.

Police prosecutor Michael Awagl admitted that police do not necessarily need a warrant to arrest. But the law firm’s principal has evaded arrest, hence an application was made under section 8 of the Arrest Act and Mr Kombri’s application was misconceived, the statement said.

The statement from Task Force Sweep said the magistrate adjourned his ruling to Friday 9:30am but said with or without a warrant, police would still arrest the principal of the law firm unless the law proved otherwise.

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  1. ToPam
    October 16, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    It is very sad to see prominent PNGns, meticulously evading police prosecution after they have committed a very serious crimes, and that is to suck out from the public coffers through malicious dealings. And now if the cream of PNGs elites are doing this criminal injustice to the 7 million people of this country, how can we the general populace have confidence in the elites when they steal from the people. This is a very bad start and I believe this type of criminal injustice is systemic and endemic in our system, unless something serious is done to stop the disease from spreading.

  2. JUDY
    October 16, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    They are on slippery slope and their time is just around the corner.

  3. Kanex Kanarepa
    October 17, 2013 at 9:54 am

    Don’t they ever feel any shame???? Goodness, get enough and get out!! Why go in and suck one after another till your parents & relatives back in the village cry aloud for development and government services not knowing what the children are doing to the purse at waigani. God help this nation!!

  4. Enaf Pinis
    October 19, 2013 at 10:25 am

    For goodness sake oloman! moni pulapim bell pinis. Enough is enough, leave your comfort zone and defend yourself in court just like every citizen of this country! Why go to great lengths to evade arrest, yu mas guilty pinis ya..

  5. BB
    October 24, 2013 at 9:04 am

    Just lock them up, freeze their account and let them say in jail. Why appeal and bail and all the legal circus at the cost of the tax payers.
    They should be ashamed of all their actions, and prepare to face justice. Some times I envy the Singapore justice system.The perpetrators should be put to death. It sounds cruel but justice must be seen to be done on behalf of the suffering silent for years.

  6. Liz Asi
    November 5, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    they should be convicted before justice sent to jail and grow grey and old there…….they should be ashamed of stealing from simple hard working tax payers of PNG.

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