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Lawyer arrested by Papua New Guinea fraud squad vows innocence in case implicating PM

October 24, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

From ABC news

PHOTO: The principle of PNG's largest law firm Paul Paraka outside fraud squad headquarters following his arrest. (YouTube: EM-TV)

PHOTO: The principle of PNG’s largest law firm Paul Paraka outside fraud squad headquarters following his arrest. (YouTube: EM-TV)

A lawyer at the centre of an investigation involving suspect payments to him by the Papua New Guinea government has been arrested by police.

Lawyer Paul Paraka was arrested in the early hours of Wednesday morning and taken to the fraud squad office in Port Moresby.

Radio Australia’s reporter Firmin Nanol says Mr Paraka was questioned over his law firm allegedly receiving payments of more than $AUS30 million from PNG’s finance department.

The allegations suggest the government was involved in engaging the law firm and making payments with no formal agreement and without going through proper channels.

Mr Paraka has been charged with a crime, but details were not immediately available.

He told reporters he will fight the charge in court and that he was simply being paid for government work.

He says the police are just doing their job but they are being used, and the matter has been politicised.

On the floor of parliament, opposition leader Beldan Namah has tabled a letter allegedly signed by Prime Minister Peter O’Neill authorising the payment.

Mr Namah says there is no agreement from the Office of the Attorney-General which gives legal advice to the government on any government contract or legal matter.

Prime Minister O’Neill told the media this week that the government will not stop, suppress or intimidate the work of the anti-corruption Investigation Task Force Sweep and the police.

He claims any signature on paperwork tabled by Mr Namah is a forgery.

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  1. name
    October 24, 2013 at 6:41 am

    About time… about time. he could have saved everybody’s time and money including himself, if he had said that the first time and stopped attempting to evade arrest and take out court injection one after another…

  2. Kanex Kanarepa
    October 24, 2013 at 9:13 am

    I have heard both sides trying to defend either side on Kundu 2 network and also on EM-TV. We do know that the leaned lawyer was engaged at some stage to defend the State in some dubious cases and won those cases so it is better for Paul to proof his inocence in the court of law and carry on his business which is has grown from a humble small office to being the nations biggest national law firm. He doen’t need to worry if he has done nothing wrong as he says.

  3. JUDY
    October 26, 2013 at 12:34 am

    May the truth prevail in Jesus Name.Those who are telling lies may their lies find them out red handed and let everyone know.People of Papua New Guinea deserves the truth and on behalf of all PNGs I pray this will happen very soon.

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