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More charges against PNG lawyer Paul Paraka over government fraud case

By Radio Australia PNG correspondent Liam Cochrane

Paul Paraka was arrested in 2013 over 18 alleged offenses and now police have added another 32 charges (Credit: ABC)

Paul Paraka was arrested in 2013 over 18 alleged offenses and now police have added another 32 charges (Credit: ABC)

Police in Papua New Guinea have charged lawyer Paul Paraka with an additional 32 corruption-related offences, bringing the total alleged fraud to more than $AU100 million.

Anti-corruption investigators allege the PNG Government paid millions of dollars to Paul Paraka Lawyers for inflated or invented legal cases.

Mr Paraka was arrested last year over 18 alleged offences and now police have added another 32 charges of conspiracy to defraud, money laundering and misappropriation.

The total amount allegedly defrauded by Paul Paraka is around $AU102 million.

The case has embroiled PNG’s Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, who is alleged to have authorised some of the payments.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Mr O’Neill.

PNG’s Police Commissioner Geoffrey Vaki is refusing to enforce the arrest, sparking multiple legal challenges and a split within the police force

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  1. Fat woman is singing
    July 30, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    Times are catching on all these criminals. Hopefully, this time they will pay for their crimes. So many people both living now and those long gone have suffered because of these selfish, self-centered, egotistical, self-righteous people. They may have gotten away at first but when a person meddles with innocent lives, the good Lord does not turn a blind eye. He knows the cries and hearts of his people whether they know him or not, believe him or not, he is still there. Everybody eventually pays for his/her crimes, be it in this life or the next.

  2. venni onni
    August 5, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    come on png let get things streigth.

  3. Vaclav Havel
    May 10, 2015 at 1:01 am

    Go, Sam Koim (our Preet Bharara)! Purge them all, the lot of them! And if the incumbent Prime Minister should stand complicit in these crimes, impeach him, too! These corrupt bastards and their cronyistic freewheeling corrupt activities are the single greatest impediment to our beleagured nation’s prosperity and well-being. Root them out, so that we can set about finding leaders who will serve OUR interests.

  1. April 17, 2015 at 6:36 am
  2. May 1, 2015 at 8:33 am

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