PNG PM’s guilty ver­dict

Townsville Bulletin - - News -

PA­PUA New Guinea Prime Min­is­ter Michael So­mare has been found guilty of 13 charges of mis­con­duct in of­fice for sub­mit­ting an­nual fi­nan­cial state­ments late or in­com­plete. A three­mem­ber tri­bunal sitting in Port Moresby handed down its de­ci­sion on yes­ter­day af­ter­noon and will re­con­vene to­day to hear rec­om­men­da­tions for an ap­pro­pri­ate penalty. Mr So­mare, 74, who has been at the fore­front of PNG pol­i­tics for 40 years, will re­main in the top job and is ex­pected to be pun­ished only with a small fine. The Prime Min­is­ter es­caped the three more se­ri­ous charges of fail­ing to pro­vide any state­ment at all, a packed court­room was told.

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