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Important progress for anti-corruption campaign: Tiensten found guilty

November 23, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

Former PNG minister Paul Tiensten guilty of misappropriation of grant to kickstart Travel Air

By Liam Fox on ABC 

Papua New Guinea’s former planning minister has been found guilty of misappropriation over a $4 million grant to a controversial businessman.

In 2011 Paul Tiensten directed the grant be given to Travel Air and its owner Eremas Wartoto.

Today the country’s national court ruled that amounted to misappropriation because the money was earmarked for rural freight subsidies and instead was effectively used as seed capital to get the airline up and running.

Judge Gibbs Salika said Tiensten had used his “political muscle” to direct his officials to facilitate the grant and ignore proper assessment procedures.

Tiensten was found not guilty of a charge of conspiracy to defraud.

He was released on bail until sentencing early next year.

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  1. Gabi
    November 23, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    A conviction at last, a conviction at last, thank God all mighty, a PNG pollie has been convicted at last!!!!! But don’t expect him to serve much time and of course it will be in the Bomana VIP wing (the better cells)

    • kadai
      November 25, 2013 at 8:14 am

      AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMEN, PLEASE GIVE THE MAXIMUM SENTENCING of over 50 years Jail Term and let him rot in there. I believe and trust that the Court can do better than that to Get the whole lot of PNG Politicians behind bars. Half of the Politicians are equally Guilty.

  2. kanex Kanarepa
    November 25, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Thats one for PT and there is more to come. Honestly speaking Paul and Wartoto really combined to suck out of National Planning in dubious projects with Millions of Kina. The K10m Travel Air, Kerevat National High School rehabilitation. Some plantation rehabilitation and buying of ships under a Marinetime Province transport programme and it goes on and on….goodness, how these people really sucked this country high & dry is unbelievable. I wish PT was locked up and keys thrown away into the sea for he can rot away slowly.

  3. Barbara Short
    November 26, 2013 at 8:41 am

    Hopefully a politician found guilty of corruption will never be able to be a member of any PNG parliament or hold public office of any kind. Hopefully other similar cases to PT can be brought before the courts. Hopefully the assets of members of parliament who have mishandled public money can be sold off and the money they have stolen can then go back to the government.

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