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Interim protection order against MP adjourned

The hearing of an Interim Protection Order (IPO), taken out against the Member for Goroka and Minister for Agriculture, Aiye Tambua, by his wife, has been adjourned to tomorrow for submissions.

The IPO against the MP was first mentioned in court last Monday 18 September where the court ordered that the defendant be present and be made aware of the order.

Yesterday when the matter returned to court Tambua’s lawyer informed the court that his client was served the documents just last Friday and that they needed time to respond to the order.

District Court Magistrate Peter Balos granted the adjournment and set the hearing for tomorrow at 9.30am.

The IPO was taken out by the MPs wife Elizabeth Tambua.

Protection orders are issued by a court and contain conditions that aim to prevent further violence.

They may require the perpetrator to not commit any more violent acts or to stay away from the survivor.

There are two types of protection orders, interim protection orders (IPO) and protection orders. Interim protections orders are faster to obtain, but last only 30 days.

Protection orders can last for up to two years.

After receiving an IPO, survivors can ask for it to be converted into a protection order for longer term support.

Meanwhile Mr Tambua has officially stepped aside as a State Minister following the IPO against him, pending the outcome of hearing.

The content of the IPO is yet to be disclosed.