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|Subject: Kandep witnesses threatened - Job of a desperate man - king Polye!
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Date Posted: Tue, May 20 2008, 12:21:53pm
Kandep witnesses threatened
By JACOB POK
A COURT judge yesterday warned that those who threaten witnesses would be punished severely.
Justice Gregory Lay issued the warning in Mt Hagen, Western Highlands province, after learning that two witnesses who were to be called to give evidence at the election petition trial for Kandep Open were threatened.
The two are witnesses for petitioner Alfred Manase who is disputing the election of Minister for Works, Transport and Civil Aviation Don Polye as MP for Kandep.
The trial has been going on for more than two weeks.
The court was told yesterday morning that the two witnesses were threatened by Mr Polye’s supporters near the Mt Hagen council chamber near the court house.
Lawyer Paul Mawa, representing Mr Manase, said the witnesses could not be present in court because they feared for their lives after being threatened.
The court then ordered Mr Polye’s lawyer Paulus Dowa to warn Mr Polye’s supporters not to threaten witnesses or take matters into their own hands.
Hearing will resume tomorrow.
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Date Posted: Mon, May 26 2008, 01:03:59pm
Kandep petitioner files fresh motions
By JAMES APA GUMUNO
THE election trial disputing the win of Don Polye as Kandep MP continued on Friday with petitioner Alfred Manase filing two new motions.
Manase is seeking, in the first motion, an order to summon election officials to give evidence. He is also asking the court to reconsider an earlier decision to strike out certain parts of his petition on competency.
In the second motion, Manase is seeking contempt of court proceedings against Polye over alleged threats made to two of his witnesses.
Lawyer Paul Mawa, for Manase, submitted that Henry Kyakas, the election manager of Enga, assistant returning officer Leo Talipen, and four presiding officers be summoned to give evidence.
Mr Mawa said the officials were on the ground during the elections and knew what happened.
However lawyers Paulus Dowa and Ray Williams, representing Polye and the Electoral Commission respectively, objected. They said these officials should have been summoned during the pre-trial conference.
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