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PNG PM found guilty of misconduct

Source:  Copyright 2011, AAP
Date:  March 21, 2011
Original URL: Status ONLINE


Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Michael Somare has been found guilty of 13 charges of misconduct in office for submitting annual financial statements late or incomplete.

A three-member tribunal sitting in Port Moresby handed down its decision on Monday afternoon and will reconvene on Tuesday to hear recommendations for an appropriate penalty.

Somare, 74, who has been at the forefront of PNG politics for 40 years, will remain in the top job and is expected to be punished only with a small fine.

Tribunal chairman Roger Gyles told the packed courtroom Somare was guilty of eight charges relating to filing incomplete financial statements as is required under PNG's leadership code.

Somare was also found guilty on five charges related to providing late records, Mr Gyles said.

But Somare escaped the three more serious charges of failing to provide any statement at all.

The tribunal also dismissed nine charges as ...

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