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Disappointing turnout at UBS Commission of Inquiry
00:42 am GMT+12, 29/01/2020, Papua New Guinea

Former Chief Justice Sir Arnold Amet expressed his frustration over the lack of attendance by many senior leaders at the Commission of Inquiry (COI) into the Union Bank of Switzerland (UBS) loan deal on Monday.

Sir Arnold, speaking on behalf of Sir Michael Somare, whom he served as Attorney-General in 2011 said that it was discourteous of the leaders not to attend.

Sir Michael was the only witness who appeared before the COI. Twelve were given invitations and notified to attend.

“It is discourteous to the Commission of Inquiry that many of the senior leaders of this nation who have been issued invitations have not had the courtesy to attend.

“And bureaucrats who give excuses like the Treasury secretary Dairi Vele sending along a junior lawyer who had no sufficiency of instructions to advise why he was not prepared after over a month to prepare documentation and statements and not to appear personally today,” Sir Arnold said.

“It’s not an impressive start and is discourteous to the commission of former chief justice Sir Salamo Injia and Commissioner John Gilmour, said Sir Arnold.

SOURCE: THE NATIONAL/PACNEWS


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