4 Jul 2013

Air Nuigini chairman charged with forgery

1:34 pm on 4 July 2013

The Papua New Guinea National Court has ruled the chairman of Air Niugini and former chief executive of the Bank South Pacific Group, Garth McIllwain, has a case to answer on charges of forgery and uttering.

Mr McIlwain's lawyers have argued there is no evidence on all or some of the elements of the charge and as such the accused should be acquitted.

The Australian citizen was arrested and charged by police three years ago after a complaint by Madang businessman and politician, Peter Yama, who had made a number of allegations, including fraud and falsifying documents.

Mr Yama had alleged that during the period from 1997 to 2008 the bank's management had conspired to remove millions of dollars from an account belonging to his Yama Group of Companies without any authority.