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Paraka scam reports finally released

November 30, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

Forty-two months after PNGexposed first published them – The Paraka Scams: K780 million stolen from the people – the courts have finally sanctioned the release of the Finance Department Commission of Inquiry reports

Damning report released into PNG’s Finance Department

By Liam Fox 

A judge in Papua New Guinea has lifted an injunction preventing the publication of a damning report into corruption at the country’s finance department.

A Commission of Inquiry spent several years investigating allegations of widespread corruption at the Finance Department.

In 2010, the day after its report was tabled in parliament, lawyer Paul Paraka and the former Solicitor General Zachary Gelu obtained a court injunction suppressing the report.

They sought a judicial review of the inquiry but the National Court has rejected the application and discharged the injunction.

The report details how the department paid out hundreds of millions of dollars in sham compensation claims.

It recommended more than 50 people including lawyers, senior bureaucrats and businessmen be referred for criminal prosecution.

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  1. Will Self
    December 3, 2013 at 11:01 am

    Where was the Law Society? They were so intimidated that they would not accept a complaint against Paraka Lawyers. Where were the judges who issued injunctions right left and centre at the firms request? Where were the police – oh that’s right, that’s where Paraka got his start acting for the State. Where was the protection for Eric Andersen? Where was the IRC? Where were foreign law enforcers and anti-money laundering agencies when huge amounts were pouring out of PNG? What role did BSP play in managing and moving stolen money? What part did Central Bank play – apart from cashing huge cheques after hours? When lawyers were being threatened where was the protection of the courts? Where was the Department of Finance – oh yes that’s right, the Secretary himself was referred for prosecution by the Commission for huge theft.

    Where, in short, was the rule of law and law enforcement as PNG became a haven for hoodlums, gangsters and organized crime – but it is good to see young and trained men now being appointed as Heads of Department but they have a huge job in front of them.

    And mothers and children continued to die.

    If not for the PAC these matters would never have been known. It was them that established the Inquiry , drew the terms of reference, gathered the evidence and kept political pressure on Government when the Commission was so corrupted and derailed by Finance itself. – PNG owes john Hickey a huge vote of thanks.

  1. May 23, 2017 at 6:56 pm

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