PNG police withdraw former PM’s arrest warrant

Papua New Guinea's former prime minister, Peter O'Neill. Photo: AFP or licensors. Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

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PORT MORESBY, Oct 31, 2019, RNZ. Police in Papua New Guinea have withdrawn their arrest warrant against the former prime minister, Peter O’Neill, Radio New Zealand reported.

An arrest warrant was issued for the Ialibu-Pangia MP on 11 October.

Mr O’Neill has sought leave for a judicial leave of the warrant in relation to a corruption case, calling it defective.

But today, police withdrew the warrant, seeking to have the legal proceedings against him thrown out.

But Mr O’Neill’s lawyers argued against the move, saying police would just seek a fresh warrant to avoid the review.

The State Solicitor, however, argued that Mr O’Neill’s lawyers were trying to delay the matter by keeping it in court.

The case has been adjourned.

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