Article by AsiaPacificReport.nz
An appeal by Papua New Guinea’s Police Commissioner Gari Baki on a judicial review on the suspension of Thomas Eluh and the termination of Timothy Gitua, both senior police officers at the time, has been dismissed by Judge Ere Kariko in the Supreme Court.
Baki appealed on ground that the National Court judge had overlooked administrative procedures in handling disciplinary issues before going ahead to grant a judicial review.
The appeal also requested Baki to review his decision but Judge Kariko said the police commissioner makes the final decision and that decision cannot be reviewed unless the decision came from a officer with a lower rank.
However this has now cleared the way for Eluh, suspended as assistant police commissioner, and Gitua, terminated as deputy director of the National Fraud and Anti-Corruption Directorate, for pressing ahead with the judicial review.