24 Mar 2010

Notorious PNG criminal claims politicians working with triads

4:57 pm on 24 March 2010

Papua New Guinea's most notorious criminal has alleged that Asian triads are sponsoring political candidates for PNG's next elections.

In an hour-long videotaped confession, seen by the news agency AAP, William Kapris tells PNG police he was a bag man for a network of Asian crime gangs and senior government ministers who planned and funded his major robberies.

Kapris, who is facing trial for a series of high profile bank robberies and a jail escape, alleges syndicates such as the triads are linked to most PNG government institutions and agencies and use PNG's infamous rascals to commit crimes.

He alleges Asian mafia are funding political candidates for PNG's next elections in 2012.

Kapris was one of 12 prisoners who escaped from Port Moresby's Bomana jail on January the 12th.

Most were re-captured and four prison guards have been arrested for aiding the breakout.