More charges against PNG lawyer Paul Paraka over government fraud case

More charges against PNG lawyer Paul Paraka over government fraud case

More charges against PNG lawyer Paul Paraka over government fraud case

Updated 30 July 2014, 13:30 AEST

Police in Papua New Guinea have charged lawyer Paul Paraka with an additional 32 corruption-related offences, bringing the total alleged fraud to more than $AU100 million.

Police in Papua New Guinea have charged lawyer Paul Paraka with an additional 32 corruption-related offences, bringing the total alleged fraud to more than $AU100 million.

Anti-corruption investigators allege the PNG Government paid millions of dollars to Paul Paraka Lawyers for inflated or invented legal cases.

Mr Paraka was arrested last year over 18 alleged offences and now police have added another 32 charges of conspiracy to defraud, money laundering and misappropriation.

The total amount allegedly defrauded by Paul Paraka is around $AU102 million.

The case has embroiled PNG's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill, who is alleged to have authorised some of the payments.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Mr O'Neill.

PNG's Police Commissioner Geoffrey Vaki is refusing to enforce the arrest, sparking multiple legal challenges and a split within the police force