PNG TO PAY QUESTIONED $1.8 MILLION PRIVATE CLAIM

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, Oct. 6) - The Papua New Guinea government will soon part with more than K6 million (US$1.8 million) in an out-of-court settlement deal.

An agreement has been signed between the office of the Attorney-General and private transport company Nakitu Trading, of Lae, Morobe Province.

Company director Kandaso Napi in 2000 filed a claim for damages as a result of the Bougainville crisis of 1989.

Since then, Attorney-General Francis Damem and his former acting Solicitor General, John Kumura, have been implicated in alleged misconduct over the Nakitu claim.

The allegations relate to purported receipt of payments as favors from Nakitu Ltd. in exchange for speedy settlement of claims out of court.

Both were suspended from office but were recently reinstated.

Napi has denied the allegations of monies being offered to the State lawyers as favors.

Out-of-court settlements by the State have amounted to many millions of kina so far.

Some of these payments appear to be in breach of certain directives by the government.

October 7, 2004

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