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PNG land inquiry set to begin
8:35 pm GMT+12, 15/03/2017, Papua New Guinea

 Preliminary work has started on the administrative inquiry into the Papua New Guinea controversial Manumanu, land deal.
 
Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said that funds are being organised and preliminary work has started since the announcement last week.
 
He said Queen’s Counsel John Griffin from Australia will be arriving at the end of the week to take charge of the inquiry.
 
O’Neill last week announced the appointment of Mr Griffin as the lead investigator to lead an administrative inquiry into the controversial Manumanu land transactions.
 
It is now the first week and it has been reported that there was no funding but PM said that the funds would be made available and the inquiry was expected to be completed on time for a report to be presented to National Executive Council and the public.
 
O’Neill said the process of the inquiry would cost K2 million (US$631,000) with the report to be presented to NEC and Parliament.
 
He said the commission of inquiry which he had previously announced could not go ahead as the matter was before the Supreme Court pending a decision questioning the legality of the commission of inquiry.
 
“That is why NEC has decided that we will have an inquiry that is administrative in nature but the principles of accountability, transparency and all the other administrative requirements will still be conducted by a leading legal professional.
 
“The NEC has appointed John Griffin QC of the Queensland Bar to enquire and report on the five land transactions through this inquiry. Griffin is a leading lawyer, well experienced highly qualified and he is well versed with the laws of the country,” O’Neill said.

SOURCE: POST COURIER/PACNEWS


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