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Papua New Guinea

Govt’s hiring of expensive lawyers hit

Senior Waigani Committal Court magistrate has criticised the government for hiring expensive lawyers to represent its interests in certain cases at the National and Supreme Court.

Magistrate Cosmas Bidar said yesterday the government appeared to have a lot of money to pay private lawyers but could not afford simple expenses such as organising payment for fuel for government vehicles.

“The government can pay expensive lawyers to file special references but doesn’t have money to pay for fuel,” Mr Bidar said yesterday while responding to the police prosecutor who had informed the court advising that prisoners were not at court because the vehicle allocated to transfer them from the jail to courthouse had no fuel.

“What is the story this time, is it no fuel or no vehicle?” Mr Bidar had asked the prosecutor.

The prosecutor replied, “there is no fuel”.

The prison van was allocated to transport remandees to the Waigani Committal Court for hearing.

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