Monday, March 21, 2011

Somare found guilty of official misconduct

By ABC Papua New Guinea correspondent Liam Fox

Papua New Guinea's prime minister has been found guilty of official
misconduct after failing to properly lodge financial returns.
It was alleged Sir Michael Somare failed to properly lodge more than a
decade's worth of annual financial returns with PNG's corruption
A special leadership tribunal made up of three foreign judges found
him guilty of five counts of filing returns late.
It also found him guilty of eight counts of filing incomplete returns
after he left out details of his salary and bank balances.
But he was found not guilty of failing to lodge any returns at all
over a three-year period in the 1990s.
The tribunal will hear submissions on penalties tomorrow.
Politicians who have been found guilty of similar offences in the past
have been handed small fines

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