29 Aug 2003

PNG MP found guilty on misconduct charges

10:23 am on 29 August 2003

The MP for Yangoru Saussia in Papua New Guinea, Bernard Hagoria, has been found guilty of six out of nine misconduct in office charges by a leadership tribunal.

The tribunal found that the leader was guilty of improperly depositing two District Support Grant cheques, totalling 1.21 million kina in public funds into his personal bank account.

It also found that the MP used his official position for five other counts of misconduct, all involving the misuse of the public funds.

Mr Hagoria had obtained the public funds when he assumed office in 2000 after the former MP Gabriel Dusava, lost his seat to a leadership tribunal.

Meanwhile, the tribunal has adjourned to September 1 when counsels for the MP and thePublic Prosecutor will make submissions on penalty.