PNG Court hears submission to dismiss five opposition MPs contempt charges

PORT MORESBY – The contempt of court case against five Papua New Guinea Opposition MPs should be dismissed for abuse of process, it was submitted in court Wednesday.Counsel Keith Iduhu made the submission for three of the five alleged contemnors Opposition Leader Patrick Pruaitch, (Aitape-Lumi), Sir Mekere Morauta (Moresby Northwest and Kerenga Kua (Sinasian-Yonggomugl before a full Supreme Court bench in Port Moresby.

Iduhu submitted that the contempt case brought by Prime Minister Peter O’Neill was abuse of court process because the alleged publishers of the alleged contempt were not named in the matter.

“Ultimately it is incumbent on the party alleging contempt of court subjudice to name the publishers as contemnor. This publisher will then show to the court why the publication is reasonable. It follows the appellants failure to name the publishers as contemnors to this proceeding is without merit and should be dismmimised for abuse of process,” Iduhu said.

He also argued for dismissal that the social media particularly Facebook evidence reproduced in computer printouts to be relied on by O’Neill were hearsay evidence and not admissible as their authenticity had not been tested.