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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, July 7) – Papua New Guinea officials investigating the eight decomposed bodies washed up in Western Province have not ruled out people smugglers and transnational crime.

The Government officials, on site in Daru, told the Post-Courier yesterday a full report was still being compiled and it would take a few more days to complete.

The officials, however, said from early discoveries, they have not ruled out illegal boat travellers from Merauke in Papua jumping off a boat that might have sunk.

The officials also said there could be more decomposed bodies still out at sea.

They said their discovery raised concerns about people smuggling and transnational crime and illegal fishing vessels most probably from Taiwan, Thailand or Indonesia.

They said they were working closely with Australian officials to ascertain the real problem.

July 10, 2006

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