20 Mar 2014

PNG MP apologises to people over corruption

2:55 pm on 20 March 2014

An MP in Papua New Guinea Paul Tiensten has apologised to the country's people, as well as his family and friends, for misappropriating public money.

The Pomio MP and his lawyers have made final submissions to the National Court before Tiensten's sentencing next Friday.

In November last year, the former planning minister was found guilty for misappropriating 10 million kina, or US$3.6 million..

The misappropriation was made during Tiensten's term as minister in the previous Somare government.

It was one of the first cases that the anti-corruption investigative team Task Force Sweep investigated, after it was established by the government in 2011.

As a first time offender, Tiensten pleaded for leniency on his sentencing.

EM TV reports that submissions made by Tiensten's lawyers include restitution or compensation for the misappropriated money.

If the restitution sentence is granted, the MP is still expected to be suspended from office.