Papua New Guinea

PM served with arrest warrant for fraud accusations


Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has been served with an arrest warrant this morning by the country‚Äôs anti-corruption Task Force Sweep.

The Prime Minister has been given time to hand himself in but is believed to have refused, saying that the charge was politically motivated.

The charge relates to payments made to a law firm which purportedly submitted fraudulent bills for legal work performed on behalf of the government. The Prime Minister is accused of having signed at least one letter authorising some of the payments.

The authorities have indicated that if the Prime Minister does not voluntarily had himself in to the police then he will be arrested.

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