LEGAL assistant officer Tabitha Malken employed by Young and Williams law firm is alleged to be involved in the misuse of K268 million from Western people’s dividend trust account and is scheduled to make her first appearance before the Waigani Committal Court tomorrow.
Police arrested and charged Malken, 40, from Wosera-Gawi, East Sepik, with 17 counts of misappropriation, 16 counts of false pretence, two counts of conspiracy and 18 counts of money laundering.
She was later released on police bail of K2,000.
The case was listed yesterday, however, it had to be deferred to allow Malken’s lawyer to have access to the police file before she could be formerly arraigned.
FORMER East Sepik administrator Otto Ganai and his former deputy for corporate services Richard Komboi were jailed four years each by the National Court in Wewak for misappropriating K1.1 million belonging to Wewak General Hospital.
Justice Sinclair Gora found them guilty of corruptly misappropriating the monies needed to rehabilitate the hospital’s maternity ward.
The money, in the hospital’s trust account, was misappropriated between Nov 27, 2014, and Jan 30, 2015.
Both Ganai and Komboi were committed to stand trial on March 16, 2016 before the National Court after the Wewak District Court found sufficient evidence from police investigations to commit them.
I Kevin Pyakali a recently retrenched Senior Investigator of the Ombudsman Commission (OC) of Papua New Guinea attached with Commission’s Momase Regional Office in Lae would like to sincerely expose that the Chief Ombudsman Mr Richard Pagen’s actions or decision to retrench me defeats the very purpose of the establishment of the country’s premier watchdog. OC was established by the Constitution of the country to ensure that the systems and processes of our government are followed or basically to promote good governance and quality leadership in PNG but Mr Pagen’s decision to remove me via retrenchment without a reasonable administrative or legal ground by bypassing procedures laid out in the Public Service Management Act, Public Service General Orders, and even OC’s own HR Manuel 2018 or Terms and Conditions of Employment absolutely contradicts the purpose of the position he occupies and ultimately the Commission. Hence, I rightfully declare that Mr Pagen is a wrong man heading the country’s top watchdog.
I use my own fb account to expose this without hesitation or a second thought because my claim is truth based on facts and documentations on hand plus what transpired in my case which is provided in detail below. As such, I’m set to defend myself against any repercussion that may arise as a result of this post.
POLICE Commissioner David Manning has confirmed that Agriculture and Livestock secretary Daniel Kombuk has been charged with official corruption, misappropriation and conspiracy on Friday.
Manning said Kombuk was picked up at the Central Government Office and taken to the Airport Police Station for interview.
The charges stem from the approval of K112,800 that was paid as reimbursement to a local company allegedly owned by Kombuk’s wife.
Members of the Special Investigation Team under the Crimes Directorate picked up Kombuk.
Taking a look on how corruption breeds in PNG/
Via PNG Breaking News (FB)
A PNG Judge has fully acquitted the man-slaughter charges of a drunkard husband who had killed his wife during a domestic violence fight in 2020.
On the 28th of August 2020, a young mother Ms. Rayleen Tona was subjected to some horrendous beating from her husband, 35-year-old Steven Gabriel of Teremanda, Wabag.
Neighbours at Kapiak Street, Lae had testified to hearing Tona’s wild screams, as Gabriel battered the 28-year-old and left her lying unconscious on the floor.
Gabriel’s assault was so brutal, it ruptured Tona’s spleen. She passed away, several hours later due to loss of blood.
And with Papua New Guineans from all walks of life, publicly calling on the government and their mandated leaders to review existing laws on domestic violence and to bring an end to gender-based violence, a prison sentence anyway between 10-years to life behind bars would have been sufficient for Gabriel.
FORMER Papua New Guinea prime minister Peter O’Neill has dared Treasurer Ian Ling-Stuckey to name the former prime minister (PM) implicated by the Financial Analysis and Supervisions Unit (Fasu) for money laundering.
O’Neill, who is the Ialibu-Pangia MP, also dared Ling-Stuckey to name the eight politicians who allegedly aided the former PM in laundering money through the Bank of South Pacific Financial Group Ltd (BSP)
He warned Ling-Stuckey to be careful in tarnishing the bank’s reputation to protect the national economy.
O’Neill raised a point of order in Parliament on Friday after Ling-Stuckey suggested that a former PM was implicated by the Fasu report.
Ling-Stuckey said: “I am advised that Fasu is not able to give that information because they are not at liberty to give it.
“But, I intend to investigate further what appropriate action is available to my office.
Michael J Passingan
The question of quality and quantity begs when we see the highest number of judges being appointed at any one time by the appointing authority – the Judicial Legal Services Commission, and the Chief Justice, Sir Gibbs Salika calling for judges to hand down decisions in a timely manner.
We commend the Judicial Legal Services Commission for the step it has taken, especially in appointing more women to the bench.
But while most of the recent appointments, the highest number appointed at any one time are on acting basis, the issue here is performance.
If the commission is supporting performance by appointing more judges but the supervising judge the Chief Justice is still having issues with performance, then clearly nothing is being achieved toward efficiency in the judicial services.
By Sam Koim , OBE
Commissioner General of Internal Revenue Commission of Papua New Guinea
You would note from my statement and the Stamp Duty is calculated on the land-rich asset, less the mining information. The land-rich asset was valued at USD825m, and the stamp duty calculated at 2% is K40m, which was paid. The mining information was valued at about USD75m, and stamp duty is not chargeable.
The irony is, all that PAC LNG produced of worth, if anything, was the mining information – the discovery information acquired during the prospecting stage. And for that matter, all that Inter Oil produced and was worth was the information they acquired during the prospecting stage over Papua LNG.
PAC LNG and Inter Oil, for that matter, had not done anything to add value to the land-rich asset. Whatever expenditures they incurred was to acquire information that is also valuable.
A MAN appeared before the Waigani Committal Court on Tuesday charged with defrauding nine incorporated land groups (ILGs) of more than K4 million in royalty payments from the Department of Petroleum and Energy.
Magistrate Paul Nii arraigned Mere Kende, 54, of Pawabi village in Erave, Southern Highlands, on charges of false pretence and conspiracy to defraud before adjourning the matter to Sept 9.
Kende is out on an extended of K2,000.
He allegedly committed the offences between 1999 and 2003.
The Imawe Bogasi stock clan has a population of about 3,000 people scattered across Erave and Kikori in Gulf.
The sub-clans, through the nine ILGs, are beneficiaries to equity and royalty funds from Gobe petroleum project and segment 6 of Kutubu and PNG LNG pipeline projects.
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