PNG PM’s guilty verdict
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.