Judge to rule on O'Neill's arrest

A JUDGE in Papua New Guinea is expected to rule today on whether an arrest warrant for Prime Minister Peter O’Neill should stand.

The injunction case is due to call at the National Court in Port Moresby before presiding judge Justice Ere Kariko.

Justice Kariko will rule on whether an arrest warrant issued for O'Neill on June 16 as part of an ongoing corruption investigation will be upheld.

National anti-corruption agency Task Force Sweep accused the Prime Minister of authorising millions of dollars in fraudulent government payments to law firm Paraka Lawyers.

O'Neill obtained a court order preventing his arrest and swiftly sacked Task Force Sweep chairman Sam Koim and Attorney General Kerenga Kua.

The Prime Minister has strongly denied the allegations and insisted there was compelling evidence and reliable witnesses to prove Koim and the taskforce had been "politically compromised".

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