Pacific Anti-Corruption Updates (20 April 2019): Fiji, PNG, Solomon Islands

FIJI:

UniFiji Registrar’s Trial Starts in High Court.  Arya is charged by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) with one count each of abuse of office and general dishonesty.

https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/04/16/unifiji-registrars-trial-starts-in-high-court/

Fijian national and lover embroiled in NZ Ports fraud.  The lover of a senior Ports of Auckland manager turned fraudster will likely join her partner in crime behind bars after they stole more than $368,000 of ratepayers’ money.

https://www.fbcnews.com.fj/news/fijian-national-and-lover-embroiled-in-nz-ports-fraud/

 

PAPUA NEW GUINEA:

PNG MP points to official corruption in Paladin contracts.  A Papua New Guinea MP says an official Australian inquiry into government contracts for the Manus detention camp should consider the possibility of official corruption by senior PNG politicians and bureaucrats.

https://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/387139/png-mp-points-to-official-corruption-in-paladin-contracts

The potential for anti-corruption reform in PNG’s public sector.  This blog examines what findings might mean for anti-corruption reform in PNG.

http://www.devpolicy.org/the-potential-for-anti-corruption-reform-in-pngs-public-sector-20190415/

Former PNG Defence Force officer charged with fraud. A former officer of the Papua New Guinea Defence Force has been charged with fraud.

https://milbankmonitor.com/former-png-defence-force-officer-charged-with-fraud/15/04/2019/

PNG Govt to table anti-corruption bill.  A bill to establish an Independent Commission Against Corruption in Papua New Guinea will be tabled in Parliament next month, the Justice Minister says.

https://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/387324/png-govt-to-table-anti-corruption-bill

 

SOLOMON ISLANDS:

Solomon Island’s election among ‘most corrupt’, says former PM Former.  Solomon Islands Prime Minister Ezekiel Alebua says that while last week’s general election was peaceful, he claims it was also among the most corrupt.

https://asiapacificreport.nz/2019/04/15/solomon-islands-election-among-most-corrupt-says-former-pm/

 

 

To know more about the UN Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption Project please contact the team members:

Annika Wythes, Regional Anti-Corruption Adviser, UNODC, annika.wythes@un.org

Mihaela Stojkoska, Anti-Corruption Specialist - Pacific, UNDP, mihaela.stojkoska@undp.org

Maria Lee, Peace & Development Administrative Assistant, UNDP/UNODC, maria.lee@undp.org

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