PNG Minister Arrested in Sydney: Repeated Domestic Violence Case

Jimmy Maladina, the Minister for Petroleum in Papua New Guinea (PNG), was arrested in Sydney on Saturday, 6th July 2024, following allegations of domestic violence. This incident has gone viral on both Australian and PNG mainstream and social media, raising serious concerns about the conduct of public figures.

Maladina, a controversial figure in PNG politics, was charged after police were called to an alleged domestic dispute at a property on Imperial Avenue, Bondi. The police found a 31-year-old woman (name withheld) with facial injuries, allegedly as a result of an altercation with Maladina.

Interestingly, this is not the first time Maladina has been implicated in domestic violence incidents. A Permanent Protection Court Order was issued against him (by a named woman) in Port Moresby, PNG, by Family Court Magistrate Ms. Rossie Aize Jonson on 5th December 2023. The order restrains Maladina, his relatives, agents, and associates from assaulting, insulting, intimidating, threatening, and abusing the complainant, her children, and family members. It also prohibits them from sending abusive messages, posting defamatory statements on social media, and disturbing the daily life of the complainant and her family.

Despite the active court order, Maladina repeated the domestic violence offence in Sydney, Australia. This breach of the court order in a foreign country has added a new dimension to the case. Following the incident, Maladina, who had been the minister for petroleum for only 5 months, stepped aside. The opposition has called for the Prime Minister to strip him completely of his ministerial role.

Maladina is currently out on bail in Australia, with the next hearing scheduled for 11th July 2024. The PNG court order empowers and authorizes the PNG Police to arrest Maladina and bring him before the court for contempt charges if he breaches any terms of the orders.

The complainant is Eileen Makumi Pera and the defendant is Jimmy Maladina.

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