High Level Inquiry Into PNG Law Firm

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Corruption charges over bribes to Aus politicians

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, June 29, 2015) –A Papua New Guinea lawyer has denied that he has been advising people on how to funnel corrupt money from PNG into Australia.

In secretly-filmed video broadcast by the Australian broadcaster SBS last week, PNG lawyer Greg Sheppard was shown saying the only way to bribe foreign politicians was in small amounts, disguised as commercial transactions.

However, he denies any wrongdoing, and says he was misinterpreted. He says it is a crime to film someone without their permission.

The allegations aired in the SBS documentary have prompted a high-level inquiry in PNG, with the Prime Minister's Chief of Staff, Issac Lupari, saying a number of serious claims were aired.

The investigation will cover all government cases being handled by Mr Sheppard's firm, Young and Williams.

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