7 Feb 2014

PNG lawyer charged on 22 counts obtains four-month adjournment

7:10 am on 7 February 2014

The lawyer arrested and charged for fraud in connection with the investigation of Task Force Sweep in Papua New Guinea has been granted a four-month adjournment.

Paul Paraka, who was charged with conspiracy, false pretence, misappropriation, and money laundering, also had his bail extended.

PNG Edge reports Mr Paraka's lawyer, Stanley Boga, asked for a seven-month adjournment so that the prosecution's submissions can be thoroughly screened.

The prosecution objected to the request, however the magistrate, Pimson Pindipia, adjourned the matter to May the 31st.

Mr Paraka's arrest followed investigations by Task Force Sweep into the alleged payment of over 29 million US dollars in state funds to Paul Paraka lawyers.

The investigation is ongoing.