Pacific Anti-Corruption Updates (9 April 2016)

From the UN Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption (UN-PRAC) Project, a joint four-year initiative of the United Nations Development Programme and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, with support from the Australian Government. Updates shared by Annika Wythes, Luisa Senibulu, Samita Singh, and Mihaela Stojkoska.

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Samoa:
High Commission involved in shell companies. Leaked documents show Samoa's High Commission in Australia was involved in setting up shell companies through Panama.

Papua New Guinea:
PM safe from arrest warrant for now. Papua New Guinea fraud squad police are still not able to issue an arrest warrant on the prime minister over an alleged fraud case despite a Supreme Court ruling allowing their probe to resume.
Court decision opens way for police case against PM. The director of Papua New Guinea's Police Fraud and Anti-Corruption unit has welcomed a decision by the Supreme Court to discharge orders preventing his team investigating the prime minister over alleged fraud.
Corruption rate depends on Government. The country’s global corruption rating will depend on the Papua New Guinea Government’s commitment in addressing accountability, transparency and governance issues.

For more information about the UN-PRAC Project, please get in touch with:
Annika Wythes, Anti-Corruption Adviser - Pacific, UNODC, annika.wythes@unodc.org
Luisa Senibulu, Governance Programme Associate, UNDP/UNODC, luisa.senibulu@undp.org
Samita Singh, Programme Assistant - Anti-Corruption, UNDP/UNODC, samita.singh@undp.org

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