4 Dec 2013

PNG anti-corruption task force to work with AFP

8:18 pm on 4 December 2013

Papua New Guinea's premier anti-corruption investigative body Task Force Sweep had signed an agreement with the Australian Federal Police to co-operate to probe corruption cases.

The memorandum of understanding is expected to help Task Force Sweep track the movement of misused public funds from PNG into Australian banks and invested in property in Australia, particularly in Queensland.

Task Force Sweep is understood to have focussed a number of its investigations in the past year on individuals who have assets and money in Australia.

However the PNG body has been limited in its ability to collect evidence from Australia, and PNG has long lacked capacity to address trans-national crime.

Task Force Sweep's head Sam Koim has indicated to local media that the co-operation agreement with the AFP will help overcome some of these limitations.