What has happened to the Chinese suspects in the Tan shooting?

Posted in Tan attempted murder with tags , , , on March 31, 2010 by crimeandcorruptionpng

There is a disturbing silence surrounding the case of the two Chinese men arrested for the attempted murder of business Jason Tan. Their case was due in court last Monday, the 29th, but things have been strangely quiet prompting rumours of political interference and corrupt deals.

The two Chinese accused of shooting Jason Tan

On January 2nd this year, Chinese businessman Jason Tan was shot at outside his home in Port Moresby.

A few minutes later two Chinese men, Chanjiang Gao and Xue Zhu Fu, were arrested at a police road block in the car seen at the scene of the shooting. They were in possession of guns, black face masks, gloves and their car had false number plates.

Both men were charged with attempted murder and Acting Assistant Police Commissioner. Awan Sete, siad the shooting confirmed the existence of Chinese Triads working in PNG and that the two men were hired assassins.

Despite the seemingly strong evidence against the two men and the fact that neither can speak English or Tok Pisin, one was unemployed and both probably in PNG illegally, magistrate Fred Tomo granted the two men bail on 12 February (a luxury rarely given to nationals when facing similar charges).

On March 15, we learned that police had still not interviewed the two men. The police claimed they could not find an interpreter and the Chinese Embassy was refusing to assist them. On that day, Tomo warned the police that he would dismiss the case against the two men if they did not complete their investigation.

But since then we have heard nothing and the silence is becoming deafening.

  • Who was the registered owner of one of the guns the two Chinese were carryng when they were arrested?
  • How did they get into PNG – who issued their visa’s?
  • Why won’t the Chinese Embassy provide an interpreter?
  • Who is paying for top lawyer Michael Wilson to defend the two men?
  • And why do the police seem to be bungling their investigation?

Can Police Commissioner Baki please provide some answers?

Exxon Mobil LNG a “very serious threat to national security” says Sandline hero

Posted in Crime - general with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 22, 2010 by crimeandcorruptionpng

Former PNG Defence Force Commander, Major General Jerry Singirok, has issued a stark warning that the Exxon-Mobil LNG project could lead to a civil war in PNG bigger than the Bougainville crisis.

Foreign-owned security companies "pose a great threat to the country": Singirok

“If they are not careful with what is happening in the LNG project area, the situation there can be much larger and far worse than Bougainville,” says the man who masterminded the departure of mercenaries hired by the Government to put down the Bougainville rebellion 13 years ago.

“My greatest fear right now is that we are now setting the stage for another Bougainville crisis in Southern Highlands because all the right conditions are there”.

Singirok says the government has failed to heed lessons about allowing foreign security companies to work in PNG, especially in big resource projects.

“Now with the LNG project in the Southern Highlands, the Government has allowed developers to bring in foreign-owned security companies [like G4S, the world's largest security company, which has recently established itself in PNG] that have no appreciation of the local customs, cultures and the people.

“These companies are dismantling the police and Defence Force by recruiting their best men to work on the project sites with promises of better pay and conditions,” Gen Singirok said.

“With lousy pay and service conditions, police and Defence Force personnel are living below poverty line. That is why they are taking up offers to work as security personnel for foreign-owned security companies at the LNG project,” Gen Singirok said.

“Has anyone done any due diligence checks on these foreign security companies?” he asked.

Gen Singirok said the foreign-owned security companies came here with one purpose, to use maximum force against landowners or anyone who tried to frustrate work on the project.

“The presence of foreign-owned security companies in PNG poses a great threat to the country.

“I want to know what their rules of engagement are, what types of firepower they have and who authorised them to have high-powered firearms.

“The use of foreign private security companies happens in countries where the state has failed to provide the needed security.

“Conditions are ripe for a major crisis if the Government is not careful.

“Firstly, there is a serious breakdown of law and order in Southern Highlands province right now.

“Secondly is the massive build-up of illegal firearms as a result of lack of control by State law enforcement agencies to contain the influx of these firearms.

“Thirdly is the lack of border control on the PNG-Indonesia border as well as the PNG-Australian border.

“The fourth issue is the obvious lack of Government investment in Defence Force, police and Correctional Services.

“These are the concerns that all add up to what I call a very serious threat to our national security by governments in office,” Gen Singirok said.

Somare’s attack on the justice system is sinister

Posted in Uncategorized on March 12, 2010 by crimeandcorruptionpng

Papua New Guinea could be facing a Constitutional crisis as Prime Minister Michael Somare has launched a bitter attack on the Ombudsman Commision, questioned the integrity of the Chief Justice and issued a veiled threat to the police that he should not be investigated.

Somare’s is upset because two reports have been tabled in Parliament accusing him of wrong conduct over the clandestine escape of Julian Moti from police custody and the appointment of the Chairman of the Maritime Safety Authority.

Somare has described the Ombudsman Commission report in the Moti Affair as “stupid and disappointing” and has questioned the Commissions “integrity and objectivity”. He has also described the recommendation for a police investiagtion as “useless and futile”.

As Leader of the Opposition, Mekere Morauta has pointed out it is astonishing that Somare does not seem to understand the laws of PNG and the fact that he as Prime Minister is still subject to them. Morauta has described the PMs comments as “arrogant, shallow and improper” and accused Somare of a veiled threat to the Police Commissioner not to investgate him

This starts to reveal the truly sinister nature of the Prime Ministers reaction to the Ombudsman Commission report. If he has nothing to hide he would welcome a police investigation and  he would step aside temporarily while it is conducted. But he is clearly scared and believes he is above the law.

But even more worrying is the fact that the PM seems to have overlooked that the Moti investigation was headed by PNG’s chief judge – the Hounarable Chief Justice Gibbs Salika. It is the Chief Justice who penned the recommendation that the PM be investigated by the police and it is the Chief Justice who the Prime Minister is in effect calling “stupid and disappointing”.

If the Prime Minister has no confidence in the Chief Justice, no confidence in the Ombudsman Commission and believes he can intimidate the police not to investiage him then PNG is facing a Constitutional Crisis.

As commentator Paul Oates has said, “we now need to sort out who will defend PNG against those who seek to destroy the very fabric of our nation”.

PNG politicians’ grab power to misuse public money

Posted in Corruption - general with tags , , on March 11, 2010 by crimeandcorruptionpng

Peter Jackson writes: THE PNG PARLIAMENT has weakened the investigative powers of the Ombudsman Commission and diluted politicians’ accountability for spending government funds.

It has established a so-called ‘parliamentary ombudsman committee’ that will make inquiries of its own.

This removes the independent power of the Commission to investigate matters such as politicians’ and departmental heads’ travel and the disbursement of regional funds.

All the politicians in the House were in on the act, voting 83-0 to amend the section of the Constitution empowering the Commission to issue directives to ministers and heads of departments.

Section 27(4) allows the Ombudsman to issue directives to prevent payments from public funds to these officeholders if it feels there is impropriety.

In the past, the Commission has used this provision to stop MPs taking overseas trips when it felt the trips were a waste of public funds and has prevented the Finance Department issuing cheques if it felt the motives were political.

The Commission froze the RESI (Rehabilitation Education Sector Infrastructure) funds last year after allegations that millions of kina were misappropriated.

It has been alleged that RESI funds were misused and diverted away from Kerevat national high school, an issue covered extensively by PNG Attitudeearlier this year.

Introducing the amendments as a private motion, Esa’ala MP Moses Maladina said section 27(4) had been used by the Ombudsman many times to stop cheques, thus preventing the implementation of government policy.

“We want to make it very clear that the action of the Ombudsman in issuing such directives is wrong,” he said.

Mr Maladina said there had been many physical confrontations between officers of the Ombudsman and PNG leaders at the international airport, as the ‘leaders’ sought to take trips that the Ombudsman considered inappropriate.

Let last year, an assassination attempt was made on the life of the Chief Ombudsman, Chronox Manek.The gunmen were caught but their motive has not been esablished.

YOU CAN READ MORE FROM PETER JACKSON ON HIS PNG ATTITUDE BLOG – http://asopa.typepad.com/asopa_people/

Somare looking increasingly corrupt and out of touch

Posted in Corruption - general with tags , , , on March 10, 2010 by crimeandcorruptionpng

It has been a bad seven days for Papua New Guinea Prime Minister, Michael Somare.

Firstly, last Wednesday, he was recommended for further investigation by the police under the criminal code for his unlawful conduct in engineering the escape of Julian Moti from lawful custody.

PNGs Prime Minister is looking increasingly corrupt

Then it became apparent that the Prime Minister had also failed to cooperate with the Ombudsman Commission investigation of the Moti affair and that he had attempted to prevent senior civil servants from giving evidence – leading the Ombudsman Commission and the media to claim a cover-up orchestrated by the PM.

To make things worse, on Friday of last week Somare was further accused of having compromised sea safety by unlawfully interfering in the appointment of the Chairman of the National Maritime Safety Authority and fostering on the nation a candidate who was eminently unsuitable for the role.

But it is the Prime Ministers reaction to these unfavorable findings from PNGs respected and independent Ombudsman Commission that says most about his lack of respect for the institutions of government and his arrogant disdain for the people of Papua New Guinea.

Rather than promising to cooperate with the proper authorities who are trying to do their constitutional jobs, the Prime Minister has chosen to attack them and try and destroy their credibility.

The Prime Minister has said he finds the “conduct of the Ombudsman Commission to be calculating, mischievous and lacking in transparency” and that its motive as appearing to be “sinister and reflecting a lack of objectivity and fairness in dealing with the matter at hand”

The Prime Minister seems to be forgetting that it was he who refused to cooperate with the Ombudsman Investigation in the Julian Moti affair; that it was he who issues an order trying to prevent senior civil servants from giving evidence; and that it was he who insisted Hamish Sharp be appointed Chair of the Maritime Safety Authority at a time when Sharp had been heavily criticized by the Authority over the sinking of one of his vessels and was suing the authority over its findings and for K1 million for defamation.

Further the Commission, after a 3 year inquiry and based on a 70 page report and substantial evidence including sworn testimony from numerous senior individuals including the former acting PNG Defence Force Commander and police Director of Legal Services, that it was Prime Minister Somare who unlawfully ordered Julian Moti’s release from custody and his escape from PNG on an air force plane.

The Ombudsman has also found that Somare coerced his Transport Minister to appoint Hamish Sharp as Chair of the Maritime Safety Board and that the appointment was made without due compliance with the law.  Since his appointment in 2006 Mr Sharp has only called two board meetings “seriously impacting on safety for the travelling public and ships crews”.

By attacking the Ombudsman Commission the Prime Minister is giving his approval for every other senior leader to ignore the institutions of government and showing that he regards himself to be above the law.

Clearly PNG can make no progress in defeating endemic corruption while Michael Somare remains Prime Minister.

Who is the government in power in Papua New Guinea?

Posted in Corruption - general with tags , on March 2, 2010 by crimeandcorruptionpng

Who is the government in power?

Is it the National Alliance or has Prime Minister Michael Somare, abandoned by his own Ministers and family, sold out to Pangu Party and former Deputy Prime Minister, Chris Haiveta?

These are the scandalous revelations provided by a prominent government minister in a hard hitting interview.

Prime Minister Somare has lost the support of his Ministers and family

The Minister (who did not want his name revealed) claims NA insiders will confirm that Sir Michael is hell bent on staying in power and is paving the way to form a Pangu led Coalition  because  his own party won’t nominate him to be Prime Minister again.

Below is a transcript of the interview

TRANSCRIPT

“…the revolt by senior National Alliance men whether they’re governors or ministers is open knowledge [in NA]. His lack of support of his own NA ministers and his support of Pangu is open knowledge and he’s doing it. He’s openly doing this. So that can come out.  This should be brought to the attention of people. He’s openly supporting Pangu and his chief advisor is Haiveta… Chris Haiveta and everyone knows that.

“The Prime Minister does not have the support of many of his senior ministers.

“He’s not listening to the advice of his deputies and he’s doing whatever he pleases.  And the Prime minister is doing this for his own benefit. This is happening because he doesn’t believe that his own part will re-endorse him for another five years at the National [Alliance] convention in August.

“And his own family do not support him.  So he’s lost; he has lost the support of key elements within his own party.

“In his office he’s got Pangu party advisors. People like Chris Haiveta who are dictating to him what he should do.  Every member of NA… every parliamentary member of NA is concerned about it but nobody will talk out. The public have got to become aware of this.  So when Mekere talks about Kitchen Cabinet, it’s not a Kitchen Cabinet the cabinet is the Prime Ministers advisors and his ministers are having no say. And his ministers are more disenchanted by the day.  And now, what he’s doing is moving towards Pangu.

“You know it has come to the stage where I have to do it because the other don’t have the guts to do this and when other NA members see it, they will be very happy.

“[What will happen next] depends on the decision of the Supreme Court regarding the law on political party integrity. If the Supreme Court declares that is unconstitutional, you will see this government fall in a matter of weeks. The government is trying to find ways whereby they don’t have to abide by the ruling of the Supreme Court.

“The Prime Minster is of the opinion that the Supreme Court has got nothing to do with it, it depends on Parliament. But very few people will agree with that.  Failing that, I see even the congress, the National Congress is being held up in Banz. The people have to come from all over the country to go there and they won’t.  And he’s banking on not everyone being there. He’s playing a very, very dangerous game.

“He has put in a whole lot of political appointees and these appointees are his robots. They do whatever he wants them to do.

“I think there are regional deputies that won’t support him for another term.  You know, the regional deputies for Momase may not support him for another term. The regional deputy of the Southern Region, may not support him for another term the regional deputy of the Highlands may not support him. I would say two of the three if not three of the three won’t support him by the time August comes around.

“He’s got people like very highly respected people, people like Leo Dion. Peter Humphreys. People like that who are in open revolt. He has been told to change his ministers. He won’t do it because I think he’s promised so many people ministries that he’s got himself into a dilemma.

“All these secretaries that have been put in there are not working. And there’s massive, massive wastage in government, misappropriation, wastage and lack of policy implementation they don’t care about.

“The Prime Minster has walked out on us [National Alliance] and he’s keeping quiet and we all know about it and nobody’s talking about it.  So it’s got to be brought out into the open. He’s made serious commitments to Pangu and he’s paving the way to join Pangu and run Pangu.”

Landowners demand K2 million and 100 pigs from Exxon Mobil

Posted in Crime - general with tags , , , , , on February 28, 2010 by crimeandcorruptionpng

Porebada villagers from Central Province in Papua New Guinea have increased their compensation demands to Exxon Mobil for the killing of four youths, injuries to several others and destruction of food gardens over a land dispute along the corridor road to Exxon’s Liquified Natural Gas plant site.

Angry at the company’s failure to meet a 14 day deadline for compensation the villagers have begun blockading the Porebada/Boera road – again disrupting preparatory construction work for the LNG plant – and have upped the compensation demand from K700,000 and 50 pigs to K2 million and 100 pigs.

According to Porebada villagers’ spokesman, Colin Morea the purpose of their peaceful sit-in protest was to force Sir Moi Avei, his Boera people, Exxon Mobil and the National Government to pay their compensation claim because the deadline had lapsed.

“We gave them 14 days to respond but they failed to meet our demand therefore we decided to halt the PNG LNG project,” said Mr Morea.

He said from yesterday onwards their new demand from Sir Moi and Boera people, Exxon Mobil and the State would be K2 million plus 100 pigs from previous demands of K700,000 plus 50 pigs.

Mr Morea said they would continue with their sit-in protest, blocking the road until their demands are met.

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