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PNG Electoral Commissioner Gamato remanded for Breaching bail conditions

Papua New Guinea Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato is now being remanded in custody after his three-thousand-kina court bail granted by the Waigani Committal Court in October, was revoked and set aside by the same court this afternoon.

The court made the ruling following an application filed by the Police Prosecution, asking the court to revoke his bail, following allegations that he breached his bail conditions.

Among his bail conditions, Mr. Gamato was not to interfere with any Witnesses, which the Prosecution says a condition that was breached by Mr. Gamato.

Mr. Gamato is alleged to have interfered with State witnesses, who are employees of the PNG Electoral Commission, after he was released on three-thousand-kina court bail, following his arrest on charges of official corruption.

The Prosecution's application was supported by affidavits of the witnesses, who Mr. Gamato is alleged to have interfered with.

He was then taken to the Boroko Police Cell after the court's ruling.

Gamato's three-thousand-kina bail money was ordered to be refunded, and he will be kept in custody.

He is at liberty to appeal the matter to the National Court.

NBC News/ PNG Today

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