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Is the net closing on Paul Paraka?

September 5, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

Lawyer arrested [for conspiracy with Paul Paraka]

From Post Courier

PORT Moresby-based lawyer Harvey Nii was yesterday arrested and charged by the Investigation Task Force Sweep for allegedly collecting funds on behalf of another law firm.

Nii, the principal of Harvey Nii Lawyers, was taken to the Konedobu fraud squad office yesterday morning and questioned before he was formally arrested and charged for K6 million he allegedly received from the Finance Department on behalf of Paraka Lawyers. 

According to a statement by Sam Koim, the chair of the Investigation Task Force Sweep, this is the first arrest after months of investigations into illegal payments made to law firms by the Department of Finance. 

Police last night confirmed when contacted by the Post-Courier that Nii was arrested and charged and is in custody at the Boroko police station, waiting for his lawyers to make an urgent application for bail in the National Court.

“Our investigations do not cover the tenure of Paul Paraka Lawyers’ brief out period, as those were covered by an Internal Departmental Inquiry and the Finance Commission of Inquiry which is a subject of numerous court proceedings. The investigations however, focused on subsequent payments after two separate Supreme Court Orders were issued, staying any payment to Paul Paraka Lawyers,” said Mr Koim.

According to the Investigation Task Force Sweep chair, Nii is charged for K6 million he allegedly received from the Finance Department on behalf of Paraka Lawyers on February 17, 2012. Reports show that of the K6 million, he allegedly retained K100, 000 and paid the balance into Paul Paraka Lawyers account and PKP Nominees, a company allegedly owned and operated by Paul Paraka.

Consequently the lawyer was arrested and charged for allegedly stealing K6 million under Section 372 (1) of Criminal Code Act, allegedly conspiring with Paul Paraka of Paul Paraka Lawyers to defraud the Independent state of Papua New Guinea of K6 million under section 407 (1) (b) of Criminal Code Act and Money Laundering under Section 34 (2) (a) of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2005. The 47-year-old accused is from Kupibaut Village, Baiyer River in the Western Highlands Province.

Other law firms also colluded to collect legal fees from the State without following proper procedures and are under investigation, added Mr Koim. A number of senior MPs, top bureaucrats, public servants, judicial officers, lawyers, media officers and financial institutions which facilitated and benefited from these payments over the last seven years are also under the radar.

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  1. Jean Sapadi
    September 5, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    I can only imagine how Paul Paraka is feeling at the moment. One thing is for sure, PP isn’t going down alone, which also makes me imagine & wonder how his cohorts (prominent businessmen & politicians) are reacting now. Harvery Nii’s arrest can only mean judgment day for some is closer then one might think.

    Well done Task Force Sweep

  2. Rata Palisah
    September 6, 2013 at 8:35 am

    I know Harvey Nii very well and he is a mate of mine, I feel sorry for him for I know that he has represented or taken up cases for PP at numerous times, so I am of the opinion that the funds were proceeds in favour of PP going through his Lawyers which was HN. Having said that the matter is in the hands of the courts so let HN defend himself and the country can see and know who is good and who is a bad person.

  3. Sinaka Rea
    September 11, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    On the Games Village contract get a copy of the TEC recommendations and then look at the CSTB recommendations to NEC! You will pick the con therein! Crucify himmmmmmmmm!

  4. Fat woman is singing
    July 30, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    Please, this time all these charges and culprits involved in this corruption must be imprisoned as soon as they are found guilty which I am sure they are. Remember the truth catches up to everyone eventually no matter who you are or how well you tried covering yourself up. The lies you weave will trap you sooner or later.

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