Protocols were followed, according to Magistrate

The Magistrate who issued the Warrant of Arrest for the Prime Minister, Finance Minister and Treasurer claims there was no break in protocol, The National reports.

Waigani Grade 5 Court Magistrate, Cosmas Bidar, in a text message to The National, confirmed the authenticity of the documents. This follows the claim by an officer from the Prime Minister’s Office speculating that the warrant was “defective.”

Bidar did not elaborate further, however, a police prosecutor said the matter was in its preliminary stages and the issue of the warrant was a normal process, and would be executed after minor disparities were rectified in court.

Meanwhile, Finance Minister James Marape, is claiming that the court process and police protocols were abused to obtain the Warrant of Arrests for PM Peter O’Neil, Treasurer Don Polye and himself.

He claims the warrants were issued by a committal court magistrate at the insistence and submission of detective constable who had no bearing on the Paraka case. He added that the warrants were for “someone’s political mileage and ambition.”

Marape further alleges that the police officer who issued the warrants was associated with the Opposition leader, Belden Namah.


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