PNG PROVINCIAL GOVERNOR ELUDES POLICE

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Aug. 31) – Papua New Guinea Southern Highlands Governor Hami Yawari is wanted by police for questioning in relation to the use of more than K800,000 in 1999.

The K848,510.21, belonged to the Foe Future Generations Trust Fund which was managed by the Governor between January and April 1999, when he was the general secretary of the group.

Police Commissioner Sam Inguba yesterday said two letters, dated July 11 and August 22, were sent to Mr Yawari advising him to come before the National Fraud and Anti Corruption squad to be questioned over the money.

"If he (Yawari) continues to elude police, the fraud investigators will have no choice but to obtain a warrant for the Governor’s arrest," Mr Inguba said.

Last night, Mr Yawari, said the new police moves were politically motivated. He denied Mr Inguba’s claim he had not co-operated, saying he had replied through his lawyers. He said his lawyers had written to the police asking whether the questions were based on a new investigation of the original report.

Lawyer Philemon Korowi said when he replied he had referred to a 2001 court order that police change the investigation team because the others had been tainted.

But police said yesterday in 2004 the same court lifted its previous order and gave the greenlight for the police to take action. Mr Yawari has advised Mr Korowi to go to court this morning to specifically enforce the court order of 2001.

September 1, 2006

Papua New Guinea Post-Courier: www.postcourier.com.pg/

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