3 Jul 2008

Greenpeace calls on PNG to probe alleged logging scam

1:34 pm on 3 July 2008

Greenpeace says the Papua New Guinea government must launch an immediate investigation over allegations a government minister has taken 40 million US dollars from logging deals.

The paper, The Post Courier, reported the money is being kept in two Singapore accounts and managed by a consortium for the unnamed minister, who allegedly took 2.1 per cent on every log exported from the country since 2002.

Greenpeace's Dorothy Tekwie says the people of PNG have the right to know where the money is.

"The onus is now on the Prime Minister, if he is truly genuine about his lead role in the international community on forest conservation, then he needs to immediately and urgently, appoint an independent international investigator."

Dorothy Tekwie, from Greenpeace in PNG.