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Finance Sec Gabriel Yer led a triad whole stole K1.6 million

Finance Secretary Gabriel Yer conspired with Francis Damem, Paul Paraka and Zacchary Gelu to steal K1.6 million from the people of PNG as part of the Paraka Scams.

Gabriel Yer, through his lawyer Paul Paraka, submitted a false claim for damages against the State, using the name of his then 9-year-old son, Umba Y Gabriel, to cover his tracks. The Commission of Inquiry found the claim

had all the hallmarks of a scam claim created and facilitated by a triad of people in- the highest offices of the PNG bureaucracy. It was initiated by a serving Deputy secretary for Finance (current Secretary, Mr. Gabriel Yer) as principal plaintiff… The claim was settled in record time by a willing Solicitor General (Mr. Zachary Gelu) and an even more obliging Secretary for Justice Department (Mr. Francis Damem).

Yer should be immediately sacked and then investigated by the police says the Commission report, along with Paraka, Damem and Gelu.

The claim filed by Paraka lawyers on behalf of Gabriel Yer related to an alleged raid by police on Yer’s home village in August 2000. Paraka knew all about the alleged raid as he had successfully defended a claim by the genuine villagers for compensation against the State just a few months earlier. But having defended that claim he used exactly the same set of facts to submit the false claim on behalf of Yer.

The claim was allegedly filed in the National Court (although no record can be found in the Court Registry) and just FOUR weeks later a cheque was issued for K1,649,130 to settle the matter.

It was settled in record quick time by Gelu and Damem despite:

  • the fact the claim was out of time;
  • the proper legal notices were never filed;
  • the court has no record of the claim;
  • a nine year old has no legal standing to bring a claim; and
  • the State had already successfully defended a claim based on the same facts.

The Commission of Inquiry, headed by Justice Sheehan with Justice Davani and Don Manua, is scathing in its criticism of all four men involved in the scam.

Although appointed in August 2006, the Commission faced numerous legal challenges, mainly from Paraka lawyers who represented Yet, Damem and Gelu throughout the hearings.

The Commission also suffered interruptions to its funding so that in the three years from 2006 it was only able to operate for a total of 12 months and its final report, published in October 2009, only contains the findings from 45 full investigations with 212 more still outstanding.

The Commission Report relating to Yer and his triad can be downloaded here:

Yer, Gelu, Paraka and Damen scam

  1. Linda MAru
    May 20, 2010 at 9:57 am

    Yer Gelu Paraka and Damem all have to be arrested, charged and prosecuted. Why are we taking too long to bring them to justice? The so called elite and educated men of this country have really messed up this country. WE need more top women beauracrats now more that ever.


  2. Post Courier
    May 20, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    CERTAIN senior Government ministers are lobbying for the removal of Finance Secretary Gabriel Yer. Documents obtained by this paper from the Prime Minister’s office allege questionable payments totalling K28.8 million in the first quarter of this year as the reason for the push for the change within the department’s top post. Mr Yer, in response this week, said the lobbying was being engineered by senior officers within the department, either terminated or suspended by him. He said the sacked and suspended officers were collaborating with senior ministers because they were aspiring for his position. Among documents purporting to list what the lobby says are questionable payments, are payments to a number of companies including law firms.
    Mr Yer said these allegations were baseless as all payments that were made in the first quarter were based on court directives. “There is nothing sinister or fraudulent about it.’’
    Mr Yer confirmed that K28.8 million was paid out to eight companies. Among the payments, seven were to law firms (named) while one was made to a company (named) for supplying materials to schools in the Sinasina – Yonggamugl Open electorate at K3.5 million.
    “This is a project under the current Speaker of the National Parliament Jeffery Nape and I have no ulterior motives tied onto these payouts,” Mr Yer said.
    The documents also alleged that Mr Yer was suspending and terminating senior officers in his department who he felt were possible contenders to his position or “whistle blowers”.
    This, Mr Yer said, was not true and urged ministers not to be misled as he had nothing to hide unless they were their cohorts.

  3. nono
    May 22, 2010 at 10:22 am

    Please somebody just damn these fags to hell…. These crooks have made their way into one of our nations most(in truth) revered government body, the Legislative body, manipulated and used it for their own benefit… well I’m glad that they are where they are and their families are reaping the deceit of their head of family, the father. Well done dad, your sins have preceded you through your sons and daughters and grand children. That life your provided for them was through your corrupt being and that is your legacy to this nation…

    • Tanirau
      May 23, 2010 at 5:13 pm

      Fags? Watch you language! It’s an insult to all the decent gays in PNG.

      • June 4, 2010 at 9:14 am

        Whats a decent gay? lol…

  4. Thomas Pauling
    May 26, 2010 at 8:38 am

    Take em out the back and do the buisness.
    This nation can not afford to permit this kind of conduct, the people of PNG deserve better.

  5. FLASH
    May 28, 2010 at 11:53 am

    Take them out now.

  6. fandena kurakipa
    June 8, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    PNG, yupela westim taim long toktok planti long email yah ??

    Kilim olgeta tasol wantaim ol politicians na bai ol pilim na stopim dispela kain pasim long stilim moni bilong kantri and ol pipol.

    Taim ol haus sik nogat marasin, rot bagarap, kos bilong balus iantap tumas, ol skul inogat sok na dasta, na ol blari stilman pulap long Treseri na Fainans and tu long Haus Tambaran…mi save silip wantaim diriman olsem olgeta imas dai.

    Mi lukim piksa bilong “Sniper” planti taim tru tasol mi hat long painim dispela kain gan yah…sapos yupela sampela igat toksave long mi tasol na bai mi rausim ol dispela stil man long ples giraun, na yumi ken senisim kantri bilong yumi bilong gutpela bilong yumi nau na bilong ol pikinini bilong yumi bihain taim.

    Bush Kanaka Mangi

  7. September 16, 2011 at 5:02 am

    I completely agree the people of PNG deserve so much better. What a terrible situation to have happen. It seems like the world gets uglier everyday 😦

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