PORT MORESBY - A leadership tribunal chairman unknowingly ordered a person out of the court room, and not to return after a phone call interrupted a hearing.
The phone however belonged to the leader in question. She is the Minister for Community Development, Youth and Religion, Delilah Gore.
Coincidentally the Sohe M-P is before the tribunal over an incident involving her mobile phone when on board an Air Niugini flight from Popondetta to Port Moresby last year. The phone rang for a while disturbing the proceeding.
The flight attendant involved in the plane scuffle, last year was giving evidence of the incident, when Gore's phone rang.
Tribunal Chairman Goodwin Poole was quoted as saying, " We don't need another demonstration."
Gore's lawyer advised the tribunal members that the phone belonged to the Minister Gore.
The judge clearly distracted told everyone to switch of the phone even though they were "Not in a plane". The tribunal started on Sunday (29/6) and continues through this week. [PNGFacts]