By SAMUEL RAITANO
PNG BUSINESSMAN Eremas Wartoto and the state have been directed by the National
Court to submit pre-trial statements by February 16. This will allow for a date to be set for trial relating to five separate charges against Wartoto. The five charges involve allegations of misappropriation, false pretence, conspiracy and money laundering. Wartoto appeared in court briefly yesterday but his lawyer was not able to stand before the bar as he had not renewed his practicing license. However, Terry Injia from Steeles Lawyers stood in and assisted the court by obtaining permission to have the parties prepare their pre-trial statements. Deputy Chief Justice Gibbs Salika said the trial date will be set on February 16 when the parties appear in court with their completed pre-trial statements.