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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?


Bail for Chinese murder suspects a disgrace – but not a surprise

Posted in Tan attempted murder with tags , , , , , on February 16, 2010 by crimeandcorruptionpng

The ugly face of corruption and the power and influence of the Chinese mafia was clearly on display in Port Moresby on Friday as Magistrate Fred Tomo granted bail to two Chinese men accussed of the shooting and attempted murder of businessman Jason Tan on January 2nd this year.

The two Chinese, Chanjiang Gao and Xue Zhufu, were released on bail of just K2,000 each despite the facts of the case which include that neither man can speak English or Tok Pisin, one is unemployed, both were arrested close to the scene of the attempted murder, both were in the vehicle from the crime scene, and they were in possession of guns, one of which was unlicensed, black face masks and gloves and false number plates.

The two Chinese suspects have been released

Clearly it is highly likely that both men will now disappear from sight and it is very unlikely that either will ever appear in court again. No wonder the National newspaper reported they were “beaming with happiness and making thumbs up signs” when coming out of court.

Both Magistrate Fred Tomo, who granted the two men bail despite the overwhelming evidence against them, the flight risk and the seriousness of the charges; and the police investigating the case who apparently have done little to advance the prosecution over the last six weeks should be forced to explain themselves.

When Mr Tan was shot at on January 2nd and the two Chinese arrested, we all expected that the Chinese mafia would ensure that justice would NOT be done. Mr Tomo and the police it seems have proved us all correct.

Welcome on a guided tour of Port Moresby’s Chinese underworld

Posted in Corruption - general, Crime - general with tags , , on January 26, 2010 by crimeandcorruptionpng

Clement Kaupa

From high stakes gambling to designer drugs, high profile prostitution and the import of counterfeit products, the PNG underworld is being ruled by persons from a certain Asian nationality.

Beyond the alluring neon splash of Port Moresby’s glitzy night-life exists a murky underworld of illegal high-stakes gambling, subtle bribery, designer drugs and high-profile prostitution. These are no longer rumours; a reliable source with inside knowledge confirmed these highly illicit activities to be happening with blatant disregard for the laws of the land.

High class prostitutes from Asia are a key part of the underworld scene

The source, who wished anonymity (for apparent reasons), claimed these activities are perpetrated by resident persons from a single Asian nationality.The source said the high-stakes gambling and use of designer drugs referred to by them as the “bean” (a derivative of highly addictive manufactured drug Ecstasy) are somewhat restricted for their personal amusement (mostly due to affordability rather than moral conscience) but “bribery” and “high-profile prostitution” involving imported professional sex-workers are masterfully concealed and marketed to an appreciating demand in Papua New Guinea for fast money and promiscuous sex.

The bribery component, according to the source, is ingeniously incorporated into the mechanism of PNG’s own brand of the notorious “Black Market Dinau Moni”; a highly lucrative street money-lending scheme that operates purely on trust and the need for discretion. But the former deflects from the latter’s exorbitant interest rates (40%-50%) and rigid repayment schedule (1-2 weeks), zeroing in on the trust and discretion aspects alone.

Monies loaned out by these people are interest-free with no conditions attached apart from a subtle line “pay me back when you can”. The real shocker drops in the amounts loaned-out. According to the source, cold-hard cash from anywhere between K2000 to K20,000 (even more) are known to exchange hands at the ease and speed it takes to make a phone call. It does not end there; the source said an individual can owe these people excessive amounts in additional loans at any one time.

And only an “exotic hostess” (imported prostitute) possesses the savvy to pop the cork on the celebratory ‘bottle of bubbly’ with that ‘exact’ measure of finesse to ease the cloying air of embarrassment and uneasiness every time a transaction transpires, always in inconspicuous locations, which is usually a posh air-conditioned backroom of a club or upmarket restaurant (hotel rooms are considered too obvious for their comfort).

A startling number of high profile nationals are already entangled in the sticky-sweet web spawned through subtlety and deception. Short of disclosing names, the source implied the majority of these persons to be in strategic positions at executive levels of leading public and private institutions. Thus, the much hyped “on the payroll” phrase does have merit after-all. The source said these persons borrow their way into dual servitude and are no longer serving the interests of Papua New Guinea alone.

And that is one facet of the operation. Counterfeit products is another. The source said fake products are circulating in bulk but ingenuously saturated among genuine items throughout Papua New Guinea. What you think is the authentic Reebok or Red Joe Jean or Pall Mall cigarette might actually be a copy-cat version. “You can never know for sure,” the source said. According to the source, this specific Asian grouping are ideally suited to accomplish this feat because; “They have multitudes of unregistered small scale back-alley factories highly specialised in counterfeiting back in their home country; And they have an excellent nation-wide retail network developed over the years that is proving very efficient in the distribution and merchandising of counterfeit goods like no other”.

The source told of an individual of that nationality who had financed the counterfeiting, shipment and distribution of Pall Mall cigarettes a while back. According to the source, the estimated street retail value of one 20-foot container of cigarettes is K4.5 – K5 million. The source said the person managed to ship and fully distribute five capacity containers before word leaked-out and his operation was terminated. He walked away with somewhere between K15 million and K20 million, give or take a couple of thousands in bribery expenses.

But contrary to rising sentiments today that international crime syndicates are already operating in the country, given further credibility by the recent spate of attempted assassinations and organised kidnappings, the source believes Papua New Guinea is not faced with that menace yet. According to the source these are isolated one-off crimes that are commissioned by individuals rather than an organised mob. But the source conceded that the possibility is there because a network is already in place.
“It is only a matter of time and opportunity,” the source said

Chinese mafia and corrupt police cripple PNG – The Age, 2005

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

This is what Mark Forbes wrote in The Age back in February 2005. There is nothing to suggest anything has gotten better since then (and is Chief Superintendent Sam Bonner still at work?)….

Chinese mafia groups have infiltrated and corrupted the highest levels of Papua New Guinea’s police force, crippling the struggling nation’s attempts to tackle its law-and-order crisis and posing a potential national security threat to Australia.

An Age investigation has uncovered alleged links between 16 of PNG’s most senior police and Asian criminals implicated in people-smuggling, money-laundering, prostitution, illegal gambling, fraud and theft. Australian authorities fear that PNG’s police are so compromised that the country could be used as a staging post to traffic people into Australia.

With a $1.1 billion Howard Government program to restore law and order in PNG under way – more than 100 Australian police are patrolling trouble spots – Australian intelligence has nominated Asian gangs as the biggest threat to stability.

Details of a secret PNG police investigation, Corruption and Illegal Activities Within the Police Force, have been obtained by The Age. The report names 15 senior officers, from inspectors to commissioners, allegedly involved with Asian crime figures.

PNG Police Minister Bire Kimisopa refused to discuss the report’s details but acknowledged that his country faced an organised crime crisis that implicated senior police. “It goes right to the top,” he said.

“Chinese mafia have bought off officials throughout the system . . . they are operating illegal businesses, they are siphoning money out, corrupting Government officials, colluding with police and making attempts to kill officials as well.”

The commander of the Australian police in PNG, Barry Turner, backed the assessment. “There is a significant, growing problem with Asian organised crime entities in Port Moresby and PNG,” he said.

He said Australian officers planned a crackdown on the gangs, in concert with PNG police. “We are working together to try and address these issues, we have bolstered the transnational crime team and will be putting extra staff into internal affairs.”

Australian officials fear the problem could affect Australia. The head of the Australian National University’s Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, Professor Hugh White, said organised crime in PNG could be a “conduit into Australia for a range of activities, including people-smuggling and drug-trafficking”.

The gangs have established themselves in the past five years, taking advantage of corruption and lax law enforcement. They have begun recruiting Port Moresby’s notorious raskol gangs – heavily armed, disaffected young men – to commit armed robberies, thefts and assaults, senior police sources confirmed.

The police report calls for urgent investigations into 55 allegations of corruption or misconduct, in the interests of the police concerned and to protect the integrity of the force.

Sources have also identified a corrupt senior policeman, not included in the report, who has intervened to disrupt investigations into organised crime figures twice this year.

The report alleges that one of PNG’s most senior officers received $10,000 from an Asian business figure and has personally issued firearms licences in breach of a moratorium. The report says that the force’s legal officer, Chief Superintendent Sam Bonner, attempted to pervert the course of justice by interfering with an investigation into illegal gambling last year.

Mr Bonner tried to halt a raid on a venue housing pokie-like “horse-racing machines” owned by alleged crime figure Albert Khoo. The report claims he has at least four police on his payroll.

The gangs are known to threaten and intimidate police and others. National Gaming Board chairman Nat Koleala told The Age that gangs had placed a $700,000 contract on his head for speaking out against illegal gaming. After several bomb threats, a hand grenade was thrown at the house of his registrar.

A Gaming Board investigation into three companies running illegal venues had uncovered relatives and wives of senior policemen on the books, he said.

Chinese arrested for attempted murder – but who is to blame?

Posted in Tan attempted murder with tags , , on January 11, 2010 by crimeandcorruptionpng

Two Chinese nationals have been arrested for the attempted murder of businessman Jasan Tan. Both men are from Fujan province. According to police, one was working in a nightclub the other was unemployed. Neither can speak any English or tok pisin.

Changjiang Gao, aged 36, and Xue Zhufo, 38, were in possession of two semi-automatic hand guns when they were arrested.

One of the handguns was a registered firearm but police have not revealed the identity of the owner.

Police have also not revealed how the two men came to be in PNG or how long they have been living here  – but the fact that one of them is reported to have been working in a nightclub suggests they are long-term residents and not temporary visitors.

Acting Assistant Police Commissioner, Awan Sete, has said the attempted murder confirms the existence of Asian triads operating in PNG and that criminals are being hired as assassins.

But it would be wrong of us to just blame this shocking crime on the Chinese triads.

How do these people get into PNG? How do they manage to remain here and operate their illegal businesses? How do they buy property and get access to guns?

It seems the answers are obvious – Chinese triads and gang members are living and operating in PNG because they bribe our politicians, our officials and the police.

Given this background of corruption can we really expect to see these two suspects tried in court and serving long prison sentences?

The fact that the police are already covering up key information – like who was the registered owner of one of the guns, who issued these men with their visas etc – means that a cynical public are already expecting the worst. How long will it be before these men are set free and who will be responsible?