Posted By Staff Reporter
SUBMISSIONS on the form of punishment for Pomio MP and former National Planning Minister Paul Tienstan on the guilty verdict of dishonestly awarding K10 million to Travel Air will be argued in two weeks time.
This follows an application by his lawyers yesterday asking for an adjournment to April 3.
His lawyer Francis Griffin submitted that the transcripts that they requested were received recently and that they would need time to go through the transcripts to make their submissions.
He also stated that an overseas counsel will be representing their client and they would need time to make their submissions. The prosecution office objected to the adjournment and urged the court to hear the submissions for sentence as soon as possible.
Deputy Chief Justice Gibbs Salika in his ruling refused the date requested for by the defendant and set the date as March 3, which is two weeks away.
Mr Tiensten was charged with one count of conspiracy to defraud the state and one count of dishonestly applying to the use of K10 million to Travel Air.
The first charge of conspiracy was dismissed after the court found that there were no elements of conspiracy in the application of the K10 million.
However, the court found Mr Tiensten guilty of the second charge of dishonestly applying the payment to Travel Air without following due processes and guidelines.
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