OC refers Member for Maprik, MP, John Simon to the Public Prosecutor
The Ombudsman Commission has referred Hon. John Simon, MP, Member for Maprik Open to the Public Prosecuter for alleged misconduct in office.
The Member was referred on 24th August 2016.
The Commission investigated the alleged misconduct in office by Hon. John Simon, MP which arises from breaches of his duties and responsibilities of office as required under Section 27 of the Constitution and the Organic Law on the Duties and Responsibilities of Leadership.
As required by Section 20(2) of the Organic Law on the Duties and Responsibilities of Leadership, the Commission has notified Hon. John Simon, MP through his Lawyer of its intention to refer the matter to the Public Prosecutor.
After being satisfied, for the purposes of Section 29(1) of the Constitution and Sections 17(d), 20(4) and 27(1) of the Organic Law on the Duties and Responsibilities of Leadership that there is a prima facie case that Hon. John Simon, MP, has been guilty of misconduct in office, the Commission decided to refer the Member to the Public Prosecutor for his independent deliberations under Section 177(1) (b) of the Constitution.
The Public Prosecutor has the discretion to bring or decline proceedings under the Leadership Code for alleged misconduct in office in accordance with Section 177(1) of the Constitution.