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O’Neill matter still tied up in courts

The arrest warrant against former Papua New Guinea Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill has been withdrawn by police –  but the matter is still making its way through the courts.

The warrant related to alleged corruption investigations and was issued on 11 October, but O’Neill had challenged the action, saying it was defective.

PNG media report that police this week sought to withdraw the warrant, although O’Neill’s lawyers say this is just a tactic, and that police will just seek a fresh warrant. In response, the State says the former PM’s lawyers are just trying to drag the case out, and there are questions as to whether the whole matter is a case of abuse of power by the government.

The matter has been adjourned to this afternoon.

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