A court case hearing corruption charges against Papua New Guinea’s former prime minister Peter O’Neill has been adjourned for two months.
The MP was last month charged with misappropriation, abuse of office and official corruption in relation to the state purchase of two generators from Israel six and a half years ago when O’Neill was prime minister.
The newspaper The National reports that the case has been adjourned by a Waigani Committal Court magistrate “because a hand-up brief was yet to be completed”.
The Police Prosecutor Sgt John Wamugl agreed with O’Neill’s lawyers, Greg Sheppard and Phillip Tabuchi, on the adjournment date of September 10th.
Magistrate Dessie Kaputin Magaru has extended O’Neill’s bail with conditions.
O’Neill, who was replaced as prime minister a year ago by his former close ally James Marape, remains the MP for Ialibu-Pangia.
His political party, the People’s National Congress, remains one of the biggest groupings in PNG’s parliament.