8 Jan 2014

PNG opposition denies anti-government conspiracy

5:24 pm on 8 January 2014

The opposition leader in Papua New Guinea is denying an accusation by the prime minister that he is conspiring to overthrow the government.

Belden Namah says he made a formal complaint to the police against the Prime Minister Peter O'Neill, the treasurer Don Polye and the finance minister James Marape, which led to three sets of arrest warrants being issued against the trio.

Mr O'Neill has ordered a police investigation into the manner in which the warrants were obtained, claiming they were issued outside of the usual lawful process.

He also believes Mr Namah has been collaborating with rogue policemen to destroy his reputation, which Mr Namah denies.

"I do not conspire and I have not conspired and I will not conspire with anyone to overthrow a duly elected government. My concern here is that I'm a complainant. I laid an official complaint on the 29th of October 2013 for a very serious crime of corruption in Papua New Guinea."

Belden Namah says the warrants are legitimate as they follow a police complaint he made relating to the prime minister's alleged involvement in illegal funds transferred from the finance ministry to the firm Paul Paraka Lawyers.

He says issue over arrest warrants will go before the courts on Thursday morning.