Manning’s fate to remain as Police Commissioner to be determined on Friday

Judge David Cannings at the National Court in January this year ruled that Manning did not have the capacity to be Police Commissioner

Police Commissioner David Manning will know by Friday whether the state can appeal a national court decision that nullified his appointment as Police Commissioner.

Judge David Cannings at the National Court in January this year ruled that Manning did not have the capacity to be Police Commissioner as he did not have the qualifications.

The State and Manning asked the Supreme Court to appeal Cannings decision and a ruling will be made this Friday.

Former police officers Sylvester Kalaut and Fred Yakasa took the appointment of Manning to court.

They were also applicants for the position of Police Commissioner.

Lawyer for Kalaut and Yakasa, David Dotaona said yesterday the case was fiercely contested by both parties.

He had asked the court to dismiss Manning and state’s appeal as being incompetent.

The state represented by lawyer Troy Mileng from the Solicitor General’s office argued that the objection to the appeal by Kalaut and Yakasa should be dismissed because it did not have merit.

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A three-man bench comprising Judges Allen Kingsley David, Les Gavara-Nanu and Thomas Anis who heard the case reserved their ruling to Friday.


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