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PNG Ombudsman Commission referred former deputy PM to Public Prosecutor for misconduct in office
10:38 pm GMT+12, 02/12/2020, Papua New Guinea

The Papua New Guinea Ombudsman Commission has referred Bulolo MP, and former deputy Prime Minister Sam Basil to the Public Prosecutor for allegations of Misconduct in Office.  
 
This allegation though not specified in the statement released by the Ombudsman Commission, it is centred on the alleged breach of Section 27 of the Constitution that deals with the Organic Law on the Duties and Responsibilities of Leadership.
 
The Ombudsman Commission conducted an investigation from a complaint that was lodged in 2016 and gave Basil an opportunity to be heard on the allegations.  
 
“The Leader requested for and was granted extensions of time and after a total of 51 days, failed to respond to the allegations.
 
“The Commission has deliberated on the allegations and determined that there is a prima facie case that Sam Basil has been guilty of misconduct in office.
 
“The Ombudsman Commission served the Leader a notice pursuant to Section 20(2) of the Organic  Law  on the  Duties and  Responsibilities  of  Leadership (Organic Law) through his Lawyers, informing him of the Commission's intention to refer his matter to the Public Prosecutor for the Public Prosecutor's independent deliberations under Section 177(1)(b) of the Constitution, and if the Public Prosecutor so decides, he will prosecute the matter  before an independent tribunal established under Section 28(1)(g) of the Constitution and Section 27(7) of the  Organic Law,” a statement said.

SOURCE: EMTV/PACNEWS


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