Contempt ruling hits DPE official

PETROLEUM and Energy secretary Rendle Rimua was reportedly found guilty of contempt by the National Court last week, with his punishment to be determined at a follow-up hearing.
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According to The National, Justice David Cannings found that Rimua deliberately failed to comply with a Public Services Commission order in 2010 to reinstate former DPE officer John Siune, who was dismissed by Rimua in 2007 over what turned out to be "defective" charges of unauthorised use of a DPE vehicle.

The judge reportedly ruled that Rimua would remain on bail and his punishment would be determined in a future court hearing.

Rimua is often considered to be a right-hand man of long-serving Petroleum and Energy Minister William Duma.

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