THE CHAIR OF Transparency International PNG, Lawrence Stevens, says the suspension of Sir Michael Somare on misconduct charges shows the law has taken its course.
Mr Stevens said that while there were many legal delays before the case was referred, it’s pleasing there has been a result.
“It is very sad that the prime minister of PNG has received a sentence like this.
“There will be many people who say that it’s insufficient and there will be others who feel he’s been treated in an undignified manner.
“But overall most people are pleased to see that the law has been applied and that leaders are reminded that they do have responsibilities.”
Lawrence Stevens says the tribunal does not seem to have established whether the Prime Minister’s failure to file returns was deliberate or an inadvertent mistake.
The chairman of the Leadership Tribunal, judge Roger Gyles, is also chairman of Transparency International in Australia.
Source: Radio New Zealand International