Papua New Guinea court finds abolition of corruption watchdog Taskforce Sweep was legal
06 Dec 2016

The former head of Papua New Guinea’s anti-corruption body has lost his two-year court battle to keep his job and maintain the taskforce.

The National Court has found PNG’s National Executive Council (NEC) had the right to abolish Taskforce Sweep, which it tried to do two days after the taskforce sought to arrest Prime Minister Peter O’Neill in June 2014.

The head of the taskforce, lawyer Sam Koim, obtained a stay order against the decision and sought a judicial review, which has now found the taskforce’s abolition was legal.

The court found the decision was within the NEC’s authority and was not reviewable by the court.

It also found the NEC, PNG’s equivalent of Cabinet, was not required to provide procedural fairness or natural justice to the members of Taskforce Sweep.

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