A G SITORI *
PORT MORESBY - Dr Albert Schram, who had my support throughout his hardships, has now lost it if his intent in seeking a variation to his bail was to abscond and not return to Papua New Guinea to honour his commitment to the national court.
Whatever systems we have in place in PNG are our systems and we need people of great calibre like Dr Schram to accord our court system due respect, notwithstanding it being tinged in whatever shades of grey.
If Dr Schram does not return to PNG, as he has suggested, the esteemed doctor and his lawyer may have got the national court in bed with them to commit a felony.
It would be best for him to turn up in court and produce that authentic doctoral document.
Don’t force the court seek Interpol assistance to get him back to PNG. This time it may be jail and no bail variation application is going to help.
It is this same court he will need to appear before to lodge any damages claim against his accusers. The courts may not always readily avail themselves to his interests.
Dr Schram may also have his lawyer in trouble for pulling wool over the court’s eyes, when the real intent was to go wokabaut. It is possible the search clerk beside him in the PNG Attitude picture may soon not have a job.
On 12 June, the date Dr Schram is due back in PNG, the poor lawyer will attend court and explain to the judge why the doctor is not here and why he cannot produce a proper authenticated PhD accreditation.
This may also be a precedent for any other expatriate person seeking a variation to a court order; which may not be granted so readily if it is seen as a means to get them out of PNG legal jurisdiction.
All that is required is a genuine copy of the PhD certificate from the university in Italy signed by a public notary.
If the applications were made in court, this could easily have been arranged between police and Interpol in PNG and police and Interpol in Italy in compliance with the court’s order and directions.
* A G Sitori is the nom de plume of a senior judicial administrator in PNG