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Another Paga Hill style demolition, this time at Erima

June 17, 2014 Leave a comment

Last week PNGexposed published an article by Dr Kristian Lasslett on the Paga Hill eviction. The human rights abuses that punctuated the exercise have been denied by police command.

Lasslett points out that police at Paga Hill prevented residents from taking photographs and even confiscated mobile phone cameras, which has made evidencing the abuses all the more difficult (which is, no doubt, the RPNGC’s goal). Now it appears the same brutal treatment has been meted out to residents living at Erima.

The day before their court case was due before the courts, police implemented a brutal demolition – echoing the May 2012 demolition at Paga Hill – and police actively prevented residents documenting the abuse by confiscating cameras.

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Erima Forced Eviction 12 June 2014

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Below is a news report on the demolition.

As more and more land grabs occur in urban centres for luxury development and debt laden infrastructure projects, expect to see more of these – hard working citizens left homeless, their worldly possessions destroyed, while land speculators, property developers, construction firms, real-estate companies, and political intermediaries make big bucks.

 

400 Left Homeless After Homes Demolished In Port Moresby 

‘Eviction’ happened despite court injunction, hearing yet to be held

Post-Courier, June 13, 2014 – More than 400 people, including women and children, have been left homeless after 42 homes were smashed down by an excavator under the watch of armed police in Port Moresby.

A notice to demolish the area had been given to residents but the courts issued an interim injunction to stop any eviction and the matter was due to be heard in the Supreme Court today at 9.30am.

Despite this, machines moved in on the residential area on Erima Road, just before the wildlife centre, at around 10am yesterday and destroyed everything.

Residents didn’t even have time to escape with their valuables.

Those residents who had gone to work and their children to school came back to find their homes all gone.

Many people lost all their possessions. A parked vehicle was overturned and huge trees were felled.

The police forcefully stopped photographs being taken and confiscated some people’s mobile phones.

Governor Powes Parkop and the NCD Commission were to appear in court today against the residents who were seeking to stop the destruction from taking place.

The demolition was allowed to go ahead despite all parties being aware of the court case.

“The destruction is unfair and against the interest of justice and welfare of the people,” said a resident whose home was wrecked right before his eyes.

Residents are not sure on whose orders the demolition took place. But people questioned the actions and fairness of the governor and asked why there were no relocation plans in place for them like there has been for other settlements in the city’s vicinity. Attempts to get comments from the governor and the NCDC were unsuccessful.

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Filipino Multinational Serving up Condoms and Tuna to Papua New Guinean Consumers

March 10, 2017 6 comments

Do you enjoy condoms with your tuna? No? Best steer clear of RD Tuna Canners Ltd

For years we have known that the Filipino multinational RD Tuna, has no respect for Papua New Guinea workers.

The late anthropologist Nancy Sullivan, brought to light the company’s crimes against workers back in 2003:

‘Conditions in the Cannery are unhygienic and inhumane. Workers have no breaks, no clean or working toilets or showers, and labor under poor lighting and windless, hot conditions. Their sweat runs off onto the fish in the production area, and the spilled fish scraps are retrieved from a crumbling cement floor only to be lightly washed and processed. There are no provisions for gloves, hair nets, masks or gum boots, although these are available: in one of the meanest of Company policies, use of these basic sanitation and safety items are deducted from the workers pay. There have been documented cases of prostitution and gang rape of local women by Filipino nationals in both the Cannery and Wharf settings, as well as sales of illegally imported cigarettes and alcohol. No unions have been allowed until very recently… The wages are well below minimum national wage, and the hours unmonitored: most workers say they are forced to work over eight hours daily without overtime pay. There are also dubious practices of deducting NPF monies and Company transport fees from workers’ pay’.

We now have evidence that RD Tuna has been selling canned Tuna containing condoms. In 6 separate tort actions, outlined below, local consumers complain that they were made ill after discovering their RD Tuna product contained condom. In each case the court agreed.

Of course, not everyone feels ill at the sight of RD Tuna. Politicians in particular appear to have a healthy appetite for the company, so much so that they have declared the Madang region a Special Economic Zone – and even paid the company a cool K20 million for land to set up the zone on.

Meanwhile the company’s local workers and consumers have to chew on condoms, figuratively and literally speaking!

Mombi v RD Tuna Canners Ltd [2017] PGNC 28; N6645 (15 February 2017)

  1. On a day in the first half of 2006, probably 28 March or 28 May, John and Agnes Mombi purchased several unopened cans of Diana Tuna tinned fish from a retail outlet in Madang town, probably Rabtrad Trading.
  1. Those cans were manufactured by the defendant at its cannery near Madang and sold by the defendant, probably to an intermediary, with the intention that they be eventually available for sale to consumers, such as John and Agnes Mombi, at retail outlets, such as Rabtrad Trading.
  1. On the same day as purchasing the Diana Tuna, John and Agnes Mombi took the cans to their home at Wagol-Fikus, in Madang town.
  1. That evening, the task of preparing the evening meal was allocated to one of the Mombis’ six children, Rosina.
  1. At about 7.00 pm, as it was getting dark, Rosina boiled in separate pots, some rice and some kumu (aibika and spinach). She then emptied the contents of at least one of the Diana Tuna cans, which her parents had purchased earlier that day, into the kumu pot. She did not see or smell anything untoward.
  1. Agnes Mombi handed Rosina eight plates (one for each member of the family) and Rosina put servings of rice and kumu-and-tinned fish on each plate.
  1. All members of the family had commenced eating their food by the time that Rosina commenced eating hers.
  1. While eating, after several spoonfuls, Rosina felt something rubbery, like plastic, in her mouth. She pulled it out, checked it in the candlelight, which drew the attention of her father, John Mombi, who announced that it was a condom.
  1. It was in fact a condom, intact, that was in the tinned fish.
  1. All members of the family – the plaintiffs – saw the condom and were shocked. They all stopped eating. 
  1. The three youngest members of the family (Rosina, Barry and Max) were sent to bed, but they woke up, vomiting, around midnight. 
  1. All members of the family apart from John Mombi vomited as a result of consuming the food containing the condom. John Mombi felt sick but took betel nut to prevent himself vomiting. 
  1. All plaintiffs suffered shock upon discovery of the fact that they had consumed tinned fish that contained a condom.
  1. Soon afterwards, around 2.00 am, the whole family – all the plaintiffs – went to Modilon General Hospital, about two kilometres from their home, to get medical treatment. They walked there. Rosina, Barry and Max were carried by other family members. 
  1. On arrival at the hospital, Rosina, Barry and Max, the worst affected, were placed on IV drips and medicated. They were discharged at about 6.30 am. 
  1. Rosina, Barry and Max went to their school, Lutheran Day Primary, that morning but returned at lunchtime, feeling unwell. They did not return to school. 

 

Sengi v RD Tuna Canners Ltd [2017] PGNC 29; N6646 (15 February 2017)

  1. Around midday on Friday 20 January 2006 David Sengi of Giri village, Bogia District, purchased an unopened can of Diana Tuna tinned fish, probably a 380-gram size, and a loaf of bread, from a retail outlet in Madang town, the M & S Tsang retail store.
  1. David Sengi was with a number of other people from Giri village who had come into town to do their shopping. The group included the plaintiffs John Ray, Rex Fasi, Samuel Undonomo, Mono Ray, Elijah Brian and Kume Ray.
  1. The can was manufactured by the defendant at its cannery near Madang and sold by the defendant, probably to an intermediary, with the intention that it be eventually available for sale to consumers, such David Sengi, at retail outlets, including the M & S Tsang retail store.
  1. Immediately after purchasing the Diana Tuna, David Sengi, took the can and the loaf of bread to the nearby Bogia bus stop where plaintiff John Ray assumed the task of opening the can and making sandwiches for the group.
  1. He made the sandwiches by pouring a portion of tuna meat from the can on to various slices of bread.
  1. After he did that, John Ray drank soup from the can and then poured the remaining tuna meat on to his own slice of bread. After the meat came out, came a complete condom. 
  1. John Ray was shocked and alerted the other members of the group to the foreign object that had just come out of the can.
  1. David Sengi and other plaintiffs who have given evidence were shocked and confused and they proceeded in haste to the Madang Police Station, where they reported the finding and handed over the empty can to a police officer. The police advised them to go to the hospital as they appeared to be feeling unwell.
  1. David Sengi and other plaintiffs who have given evidence felt ill and some were physically ill and vomited. John Ray was the worst affected.
  1. From the police station they made their way by PMV to Modilon General Hospital, about two kilometres from the police station, to get medical treatment. 
  1. David Sengi and other plaintiffs who have given evidence rested, were treated and given medication upon their discharge from the emergency department later that afternoon. John Ray, being the worst affected, was placed on an IV drip. 

 

Donatus v RD Tuna Canners Ltd [2017] PGNC 30; N6647 (15 February 2017)

  1. On Saturday 4 March 2006 Eddie and Jennifer Donatus of Erima village, Rai Coast District, purchased three unopened 185-gram cans of Diana Tuna tinned fish, from a retail outlet in Madang town, the Rabtrad supermarket.
  1. The can was manufactured by the defendant at its cannery near Madang and sold by the defendant, probably to an intermediary, with the intention that it be eventually available for sale to consumers, such as Eddie and Jennifer Donatus, at retail outlets, including the Rabtrad supermarket.
  1. The following evening Jennifer Donatus prepared dinner for her husband, Eddie Donatus, their daughter Delailah Donatus and their relatives, Wei Angu and Leslie Angu, who live in the same house. 
  1. Jennifer boiled rice in one pot and in a separate pot boiled green vegetables. When the vegetables were ready she opened on the cans of tinned fish that had been purchased the previous day, into the greens, stirred the pot and when the mixture of greens and fish was hot, served it with the rice on five plates, for those present. 
  1. Jennifer Donatus, Delailah Donatus, Wei Angu and Leslie Angu finished their meal and found it nice. 
  1. Eddie Donatus was the last to eat. He digested three spoonfuls of the greens-and-fish mixture but spat out his third spoonful upon feeling something rubbery in his mouth. It was a condom.
  1. The condom had been in the can of tinned fish. All those present were shocked. 
  1. Eddie Donatus chewed betel nut to stop himself vomiting. It worked but he felt unwell. The others who consumed the food, which had become contaminated by the condom, were sick as a result of consuming it. 
  1. The next day, 6 March 2006, Eddie Donatus took the can from which the condom had emerged and the condom to the Police in Madang. He then laid a complaint at the RD Tuna cannery. He vomited and went back to Erima and gathered together the people who had been sick, and took them to Modilon General Hospital.
  1. The plaintiffs were observed and treated and medicated at the hospital. They were discharged after several hours’ observation. 

Birus v RD Tuna Canners Ltd [2017] PGNC 31; N6648 (15 February 2017

  1. On Friday 26 January 2007 Michael Birus of Erima village, Rai Coast District, purchased an unopened 380-gram can of Diana Tuna tinned fish, from a retail outlet in Madang town, the M & S Tsang retail store.
  1. The can was manufactured by the defendant at its cannery near Madang and sold by the defendant, probably to an intermediary, with the intention that it be eventually available for sale to consumers, such as Michael Birus and Ruth Nuali, at retail outlets, including the Rabtrad supermarket.
  1. That evening, the wife of Michael Birus, Ruth Nuali, prepared dinner for her husband and other members of their household, including their children, Barbara Ami, Jacob Ami and Naimen Kodua, then aged 10, 12 and 4 years respectively. 
  1. Ruth boiled rice in one pot and in a separate pot boiled green vegetables. When the vegetables were ready she opened the 380-gram can of tinned fish that had been purchased earlier that day, into the greens, stirred the pot and when the mixture of greens and fish was hot, served it with the rice on various plates, for those present. 
  1. Ruth and the children finished their meal and found nothing wrong with it. 
  1. Michael Birus was the last to eat. He digested several spoonfuls of the greens-and-fish mixture but stopped eating upon feeling something rubbery in his mouth. It was a condom.
  1. The condom had been in the can of tinned fish. All those present were shocked. 
  1. Michael Birus chewed betel nut to stop himself vomiting. It worked but he felt unwell. The others who consumed the food, which had become contaminated by the condom, were sick as a result of consuming it. 
  1. The next day, 27 January 2007, Michael Birus took his wife and the children to Modilon General Hospital for treatment.
  1. The plaintiffs Michael Birus and Ruth Nuali were observed and treated and medicated at the hospital.

 

Bill v RD Tuna Canners Ltd [2017] PGNC 32; N6649 (15 February 2017)

I therefore make the following findings:

  1. On Friday 30 March 2007 Luke Peter of Gov Stoa, Madang town purchased an unopened can of Diana Tuna tinned fish, from a retail outlet in Madang town, the Best Buy retail store.
  1. The can was manufactured by the defendant at its cannery near Madang and sold by the defendant, probably to an intermediary, with the intention that it be eventually available for sale to consumers, such as Luke Peter, at retail outlets, including the Best Buy store.
  1. That evening, Luke Peter’s son, Peter Marshall, assisted by Peter’s friends, the plaintiffs Hendrick James (aka Emrick James) and Justin Wake, prepared dinner for themselves and Luke Peter, at Gov Stoa. 
  1. Peter Marshall boiled rice in a pot and once it was cooked, he opened the can of Diana Tuna that Luke Peter had purchased earlier that day. He noticed that, together with the fish meat, the can had a condom in it. He was shock, felt unwell and vomited.
  1. Luke Peter, Hendrick James (aka Emrick James) and Justin Wake had a similar reaction. Though none of them ate any of the fish, the sight of the condom shocked them and the thought of eating tinned fish contaminated by a condom, made them feel ill. They all vomited. 
  1. The next day, 31 March 2007, Luke Peter reported the matter to the police, the health inspector and Modilon General Hospital.

Kaipa v RD Tuna Canners Ltd [2017] PGNC 33; N6650 (15 February 2017)

  1. On Thursday 9 February 2006 Steven Kaipa and Betty Kaipa purchased an unopened 185-gram can of Diana Tuna tinned fish, from a retail outlet in Madang town, the Best Buy retail store.
  1. The can was manufactured by the defendant at its cannery near Madang and sold by the defendant, probably to an intermediary, with the intention that it be eventually available for sale to consumers, such as Steven Kaipa and Betty Kaipa, at retail outlets, including the Best Buy store.
  1. That evening, Steven Kaipa and Betty Kaipa’s daughter, Susie Kaipa prepared dinner for the family at their home at Clifton Police Barracks. 
  1. Susie Kaipa boiled rice and greens and was about to pour the can of tinned fish, which she had opened, into a frying pan when she notice that, together with the fish meat, the can had a condom in it. She was shocked and screamed hysterically.
  1. Steven Kaipa and Betty Kaipa were sitting close to the kitchen and upon hearing their daughter scream, rushed to the kitchen and saw what their daughter was screaming about: a condom on top of the fish. 
  1. Though none of them ate any of the fish, the sight of the condom shocked them and the thought of eating tinned fish contaminated by a condom, made them feel ill and confused and worried. 
  1. The next day, 10 February 2006, Steven Kaipa reported the matter to the police, the health inspector and Modilon General Hospital.
  1. The family members, in particular Betty Kaipa, were subsequently the subject of ridicule in the local community as they came to be known as consumers of condoms in tinned fish and this affected Betty Kaipa’s income earning capacity. 

More lies and deception from Justin Tkatchenko

June 9, 2015 9 comments

Minister has lied in Parliament over his involvement in a family company awarded a K27 million contract in dubious circumstances

Sports Minister Justin Tkatchenko has a long history of unanswered fraud allegations. Now he is trying to bat away accusations of corruption over a massive K27 million contract awarded to his family company to keep the flowers growing in Port Moresby. But not only has the Minister failed to answer the substantive allegations against him he has misled Parliament and lied to the people.

Tkatchenko [see story below] does not deny that the company he founded, Kitoro No.33, which trades under the name PNG Gardener, is the beneficiary of the K27 million contract.

Nor has he denied that the bid submitted by Kitoro No.33 was the highest among seven competing tenders received by the National Capital District.

The bid was “unquantified and staggering” according to eminent lawyer and MP Alan Marat and contained costings that were “grossly exorbitant, dubious and amount to defrauding the State”.

Instead of answering these allegations directly Tkatchecko has tried to deflect attention by making out that as he has resigned his directors position and handed his shares in the company to his wife, everything is above board.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

Kitoro No.33 is still a Tkatchenko family owned and controlled company and the profits made directly benefit Justin. The Minister still has everything to gain from ensuring the success of the company. Whether the shares are held by him directly or his wife makes no difference he is still a direct beneficiary.

It is also completely false for Tkatchenko to claim he resigned his directorship and sold his shares in 2012 as he stated in Parliament:

“I am no longer the director and shareholder since 2012″.

Not true, Justin.

PNG Exposed has obtained documents that clearly show Tkatchenko did not remove himself as a director and shareholder until April 2014 – nearly two years after the election!

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Tkatchenko has also lied in Parliament about his involvement in company affairs since the 2012 election:

“I have no working input in the company since I became a member of parliament.”

Not true Justin.

Here you are still signing documents as the company Managing Directpr in February 2013:

kitoro no33

Tkatchenko said in Parliament:

“Let’s get our facts right before we start opening our mouths and telling lies and misleading situations about my family company,”

But, as the documents show, it is Tkatchenko who has got his facts wrong, it is Tkatchenko who is telling lies and it is Tkatchenkp who is “misleading situations” [sic]

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Source: Post Courier

By ANDREW ALPHONSE

A MASSIVE K27 million contract was awarded to PNG Gardener, a company owned by Sports Minister Justin Tkatchenko, to beautify Port Moresby, Parliament was told yesterday.

Rabaul MP Allan Marat suggested during Question Time that Mr Tkatchenko may have used his influence to award the city beautification contract to Kitore No. 3, trading as PNG Gardener, which is allegedly owned by Mr Tkatchenko.

However, Mr Tkatchenko said he had declared his interest to the Ombudsman Commission and was no longer a shareholder or director of PNG Gardener.

Mr Marat had produced documents which showed that seven other companies tendered for the National Capital District Commission contract which PNG Gardener won in January at the cost of K9 million a year for three years – 2015-17, totalling to K27 million.

He claimed that PNG Gardener’s bid was “unquantified and staggering” as it was the highest from the seven others but yet was given the nod by NCDC.

Mr Marat highlighted some exotic scope of work in the report like the K400,000 for the beautification of Erima roundabout, K300,000 for Eight-Mile roundabout, K80,000 for Four-Mile roundabout, K90,000 for Koki roundabout and repainting work and K50,000 for the PNG Institute of Public Administration roundabout, among others.

Mr Marat asked whether the painters, cleaners and gardeners were paid K10,000 to K20,000 as the figures were “grossly exorbitant, dubious and amounts to defrauding the State”.

Mr Tkatchenko responded that PNG Gardener had a proven track record of keeping the city clean in the past 20 years while every legal process was followed.

He said it was not only about putting flowers pots on the roadsides but PNG Gardener employed more than 2000 people fortnightly who sweep and clean the city everyday.

Mr Tkatchenko said he had disclosed his interest in the company to the Ombudsman Commission and ceased to be a director and shareholder when he became an MP in 2012.

He said he operated in a crystal-clear manner and when the tenders’ board sat to award the contract, he had to excuse himself from the meeting.

Speaker Theodore Zurenuoc refused to entertain more questions on the matter when Attorney-General Ano Pala interjected with a point of order which prevented Mr Marat from tabling the report

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Minister Tkatchenko has a long history of fraud allegations

Sports and Special Events Minister Justin Tkatchenko is not a fit and proper person to be an MP, let alone a government Minister, given his history of unanswered fraud allegations.

Parliament’s own Accounts Committee and special investigations at the National Capital District have both thrown up detailed allegations of corruption while one criminal prosecution against Tkatchenko was dropped in circumstances questioned by the National Court.

In 2010 it was alleged Tkatchenko received over K3 million in payments from the National Capital District through his landscaping companies Kitoro No.33 and PNG Gardner. It is claimed these payments, were authorised by NCDC Governor Powes Parkop in breach of the Public Finance Management Act, the NCDC Act and the Organic Law on the Leadership Code.

The payments, which were made for work on the NCDC Mini Park, Water Fountain, Waterslide and Zoo and Animal Farm, were made with no quotations provided and no public tendering process – breaching the fundamental principles of value for money, transparency, effective competition, fair and ethical dealing and efficiency.

But the allegations against Tkatchenko go back much further. In 1999 a Special Investigation into Fraud, Corruption and Financial Mismanagement at the National Capital District Commission, done by TSK International, found that Justin Tkatchenko as Acting City Administrator had fraudulently obtained a total of K12,000 through two cheques in the sums of K4,000 and K8,000.

The investigation concluded “Mr Tkatchenko had dishonestly applied the monies to his own use”.

Although the police did investigate these allegations and criminal charges were laid a Magistrate dismissed the case before it got to trial – a decision that was later heavily criticized in the National Court. Indeed when Tkatchenko then sued the police alleging malicious prosecution and false imprisonment Justice Salika not only dismissed the case brought by Tkatchenko he described it as “frivolous and vexatious”. Salika found there was plenty of evidence to justify the charges against Tkatchenko and that it “is a wonder to this Court” why the Magistrate dismissed the case.

In 2003 the Parliamentary Accounts Committee was asked by Parliament to conduct an investigation into alleged corruption in the Parliamentary Service. The Committee submitted its report in September 2003 after summonsing witnesses and hearing evidence given on oath.

The PAC investigation found Justin Tkatchenko company Kitoro No.33 was awarded a K1.5 million contract to maintain parliamentary gardens, in breach of procurement procedure. The Kitoro tender was received 3 months AFTER the closing date. The tender submitted was only for twelve months but a three year contract was awarded. The original contract amount of K490,000 was K190,000 above the limit imposed by the Public Finance Management Act. The lowest bid for the project tender was just K12,000 per year. Kitoro was awarded contract totaling K837,738 that did not go to public tender.

The PAC recommended the contracts with Kitoro No.33 be terminated immediately and the officers responsible for the tendering, awarding and executing of the contract face ‘appropriate action’.

While Tkatchenko has never been found guilty of fraud he has been implicated in fraud in at least three separate investigations stretching back over a 12-year period and one set of criminal charges he has faced were dismissed in circumstances a senior judge regarded as suspicious and unjustified.

If people like Tkatchenko want to hold public office then we need the allegations against to be heard in a proper public trial first – and not dismissed at the committal stage in suspicious circumstances, if they ever even get that far. If they are innocent what do these people have to hide and until they face due process they are not fit and proper persons to hold public office.

The case of Tkatchenko raises a number of serious and wider questions, including:

  • The findings of public accounting bodies are not being followed up by the national fraud squad, despite considerable prima facie evidence.
  • When cases are brought before the District Court for committal, fraud charges are being dismissed without reason, despite an abundance of evidence being present. There is often no written record of the judgement, or the records kept are wholly inadequate. At the very least this raises serious questions over the independence of some Magistrates.

Kapris names Ministers Pruaitch, Aimo and Deputy Speaker Marus

May 10, 2011 3 comments

Post Courier

Convicted criminal William Nanua Kapris has named State ministers Patrick Pruaitch and Tony Aimo and Deputy Speaker Francis Marus in his evidence at the Madang National Court hearing last week as accessories to his robberies [thus repeating claims he first made last year].

He also named a policeman Phillip Bokom as the officer who supplied police uniforms to carry out his robbery at the Metals Refinery Operations in Port Moresby in 2007 and Malaysian William Lee who resides at Hohola as the person who operated a ‘black bank’ and took possession of all the gold bullions, gold nuggets and jewelry from the MRO robbery. He also named Gerehu-based man Alphonse Silas (Alphie) as the person who introduced him to Lee.

He requested the National Court hearing in Madang to issue an order for those implicated to be investigated and that he become a state-witness in each of the cases.

Kapris aged 33 from Karapia village in Yangoru, East Sepik Province, made the request during a lengthy allocutus which he delivered to a full courtroom last Thursday.

Kapris has been convicted for the armed robberies conducted on the Metals Refinery Operations in Port Moresby in 2007 and the Madang Bank South Pacific in 2008.

For the Madang BSP heist, a total of 14 people were arrested and charged by police. Two were acquitted while the remaining 12 including Kapris are now awaiting their sentences to be handed down by the Madang National Court.

The first to take the dock to deliver his allocutus, Kapris said as a simple man he only executed the plans and had done so successfully with added assistance of the staff of the two companies, police and William Lee, a Malaysia who lived in Hohola 2 in Port Moresby.

KAPRIS said the MRO robbery was conducted soon after he had escaped from custody in Port Moresby where he was serving time for two crimes he had been charged with in Kimbe. He said he had sought refuge at Gerehu Stage-6 where he met up with a woman named Pauline Moses whom he married and done so unaware of her own criminal background.

He said it was through Pauline that he met a person called Alphone Silas alias “Alphie” who subsequently introduced him to Mr Lee. He said in tok pisin that Alphie had told him that a heist was being planned on MRO and that the gold retrieved would be exported to Singapore using Mr Lee’s export license. He was assured that the plan would go undisturbed as security issues for that day would be taken care of.

Kapris told the court that the police uniforms which were used were provided by a policeman from Gerehu whom he named as Phillip Bokom from Manus province. He said the staff from MRO involved were a person he recalled only as Doisa, a Highlander who was the chief security officer andTom Gabi, a man from Markham in Morobe province who worked as the smelter.

He said on a Wednesday, he and four others dressed in police uniforms and between 6:30-7pm they got in a Fifth Element Hire Car belonging to MI Rent A Car. Before boarding the vehicle, they changed the registration plate of the vehicle. He said they drove out of Gerehu Stage Six where they were based and got a call from Doisa, telling them to standby as he was dropping of MRO staff.

He said they waited at the Waigani Roundabout and Doisa drove the company bus with three other workers past them and they followed him to Rainbow where they stopped him and made him get out. He said after dropping of the three workers, they proceeded to Hohola 2 to pick up the company’s chief accountant whom he only named as Fiona before they headed for MRO premises. He was shown that the place had been strategically manned by several police vehicles at locations around the area they would hit.

“Fiona, myself and Doisi went into the stronghold and got 15 gold bars, five weighing 10 kilograms while 10 weighed 20 kilograms each, cash totaling close to K1million, gold jewelry and gold nuggets were all put in a trolley and pushed out of MRO unloaded onto the MRO bus and driven to Gold Club Lamana.

“This was around 8-9pm. At lamina they changed vehicles and jumped into onto a Toyota ten-seater belonging to Mr Lee, according to Mr Kapris

They proceeded to Erima where the cash was divided and he was given K10,000.

He said some of the money were given to the police for their part in providing security.It was there that Mr Lee then arrived and the gold given to him with word that they would be shipped and they dismissed.

Kapris said he went to Lae with the assurance his share of the proceeds from the Gold would be sent to him but when that did not happen, he called Mr Lee and issued threats and in August a ticket was sent to him to travel to Port Moresby.

He was taken to a Fong Restaurant at Gordon where there he was told by Mr Lee that the money from the gold had been used to buy the restaurant.

He also learnt at the time Mr Lee was operating a Black Bank while the rest of the money was in investments in Singapore of which he claimed he had been able to see in person – courtesy of Lee and another Asian he named as Patrick Wong in September that year.

Kapris said that following his return from Singapore that he was taken to Penthouse by Alphie where he met up with Mr Marus.

“I know him (Marus) from Lakiemata as we both did time there.

“At the club, we had drinks and it was while there that Alphone told Francis that ‘William was one of the men who carried out the operations in funding some of you to win the election’,” he said. Kapris said he had travelled to Lae then back to Port Moresby when he was apprehend by police. It was when he was taken to three mile to seek medical treatment when he escaped and made his way straight to Mr Lee at Hohola with the urgent request that he be sent out of country because of the security risks.

“When I spoke to Lee he said the proceeds from the Gold had been invested into funding the elections of Mr Marus, Tony Aimo and Patrick Pruaitch and he should not panic but remain calm. “I was told things would be organised for me to go to Switzerland,” he said.

Kapris said because he could not hang around in Port Moresby he was given K100,000 which he used to travel back to Kimbe with instructions to lay low”.

He says it was in June of 2008 that he received a phone call with the advice he was to travel from Kimbe to Lae then on to Madang as there would be another major operation this time at the Madang BSP.

He said K20,000 was put into his sisters account whom he named as Susan Minape, adding he could prove this transaction.

Kapris told the court that again with the help of staff members, police and funding from Port Moresby this robbery was a success.