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PNG Minister fails to stay court trial
6:30 pm GMT+12, 07/07/2011, Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea’s Sports Minister Philemon Embel  is attempting to stop the Committal Court, committing him to stand trial at the National Court, over charges of misappropriation, reports NBC News.

Embel has filed a Judicial Review at the National Court in Waigani, asking it to review a decision of the Committal Court that committed him to stand trial in June 2009.

The application was stayed because Embel was reported to be out of the country.

Embel was committed to stand trial at the National Court in March 2009, after the Committal Court found evidence that he had misappropriated K165, 000, given by the Southern Highlands Provincial Government for the construction of a new church.

The offence is alleged to have happened in 2006, when he was the Minister assisting the Prime Minister on Constitutional Matters.

But Embel is now seeking to stay the committal process through a Judicial Review at the National Court.

His argument in part, will be that he was not given a chance at the committal stage to be heard. The formal application seeking review will be moved in a fortnight's time.

SOURCE: NBC NEWS/PACNEWS

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