3 Jul 2013

PNG UNESCO head charged with abuse of funds

6:45 pm on 3 July 2013

The head of the Papua New Guinea's UNESCO Commission has been charged with misuse of public funds, official corruption and abuse of office by the Police Task Force Sweep team.

The newspaper, The National, reports that the secretary-general Yori Yei was charged with misappropriating nearly 320,000 US dollars that was entrusted to him by his employer, the Education Department.

The money was for an official trip to Paris for the 36th World UNESCO general conference in 2011.

The arrest report alleges Mr Yei had dishonestly applied to his own use funds meant to be used to lobby for a PNG representative on the UNESCO executive.

Mr Yei is alleged to have deposited the money in two personal bank accounts.

The allegation of the misappropriation was raised initially by former education minister and now the parliamentary speaker, Sir Theo Zurenuoc.