AMERICAN CHARGED IN BOUGAINVILLE SCAM

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Defendant released on $200 bail

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Aug. 29, 2008) – The American held in Bougainville due to his alleged connection with U-Vistract’s Noah Musingku was charged by police and appeared in court yesterday.

The Buka District Court heard that Jonn Green between May 16 and August 23 had engaged himself to work with Noah Musingku, the founder of U-Vistract, by conducting business with the fast money scheme.

He was charged with disobeying regulations on his visitor’s visa under the Immigrations act.

Mr Green pleaded not guilty to the charge saying that he was in Hong Kong on May 16 and not in Tonu at South Bougainville.

He asked through his lawyer Edward Latu to have access to his documents which had been confiscated by police.

Police already had copies of the documents and had no need to keep the original, he told the court.

However the request was refused by Magistrate David Maliku as he stressed that the documents seized by the region’s police were to be presented as exhibits so they could not be returned to the defendant.

Mr Green was allowed out on bail of PGK500 [US$200 ].

The matter has been adjourned to Monday for trial.

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