16 Jun 2014

PNG PM fails to turn up to answer fraud questions

6:45 pm on 16 June 2014

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister, Peter O'Neill, has failed to present himself to police after being served an arrest warrant in relation to a major fraud case.

PNG Loop says the warrant gave Mr O'Neill the opportunity to voluntarily present himself at the police fraud office for questioning, but he refused to do so, saying the warrant is suspicious and based on false allegations.

The warrant is in relation to to alleged unlawful payments of 29 million US dollars in state funds to a law firm led by Paul Paraka.

The Prime Minister is alleged to have signed a letter authorising some of the payments, but he claims his signature was forged.

The editor of PNG Loop, Titi Gabi, says Mr O'Neill's lawyers have turned up at court to try and seek an injunction, with a possibility that a special hearing could be held later tonight.