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Australian casino allowed ‘drunk and abusive’ Namah to gamble away $800,000

Sean Nicholls and Matthew Moore

Deputy Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, Belden Namah, allegedly sexually harassed a blackjack dealer at Sydney’s Star casino last year before being thrown out for threatening staff while drunk.

Despite this, the casino readmitted Mr Namah, an opposition MP at the time, after realising he and colleagues planned to gamble hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to The Age.

But Mr Namah denies he is the person described in five separate Incident Reports, including one in which he is named by casino staff. His lawyer, Greg Sheppard, said Mr Namah ”did not misconduct himself” at the casino.

”Until we are provided with the incident reports in question, Mr Namah is unable to comment further on how his name appears on these reports, except to say that if it does, they are mistaken,” Mr Sheppard said.

Mr Namah was in the government of Michael Somare before joining the opposition, which deposed Sir Michael last year.

Incident reports by staff show Mr Namah and two colleagues were gambling in the Sovereign Room for high rollers when approached about 7am on April 16 last year and asked to stop drinking ”as they were deemed to be approaching intoxication”.

A blackjack dealer’s statement said that after being asked to stop drinking, Mr Namah began ”teasing me by asking my mobile number”. Mr Namah is then alleged to have asked him:

”Can I f— you tonight?”

When he was being removed from the casino, Mr Namah allegedly told either a manager or security guard:

”You may be big but I will knock you on your f—ing arse.”

A former duty manager, Elizabeth Ward, has previously revealed a ”minister from a neighbouring government” was ejected from the casino last year. This is now understood to be Mr Namah.

She had been advised the minister was allowed back in several hours later after executives realised he and two friends had deposited in a casino account $800,000 to gamble.

Read the Incident Reports from the Casino.

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  1. ruth
    March 14, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    greg sheppard, it would help you alot if you can prove that namah was not at the said casino on 16th april 2011.

  2. casino
    March 15, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    all casinos have ccv cameras all over the place, so if it was him then the proof will be in the videos. end of story. of course where the hell did all that cash come from??

  3. March 16, 2012 at 9:05 am

    What we have here in png is crazy DPM with all guns blazing…. Regardless of who at stands in the way or what the consequences are!

  4. Hel'alli
    March 16, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    When did electronic evidence become court evidence ? … another al Capone …but what about Edmund Burke….and Tony Siaguru…did they die in vain ? Or source strength from their spirits and sing Arise all Ye sons and daughters of this “NOAH’S ARK !

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