CHAIRMAN of Taskforce Sweep, Sam Koim, says Paul Tiensten’s sentencing on Friday was a victory for Papua New Guinea.
Tiensten (pictured) was sentenced to nine years hard labour for misappropriating a $4 million grant to controversial businessman Eremas Wartoto.
This was the first investigation conducted by the Sweep team after it was established in August 2011.
“Though it took time before the final verdict on sentencing, justice has finally been served, and we are satisfied,” Mr Koim said.
“We respect the independence of the judiciary in disposing of cases at its own pace.
“We have about 77 cases currently going through the court process, 34 of which have passed the committal stage and are lined up for trial this year.
“There were a couple of struck outs, which we have referred to the Public Prosecutor for possible filing of ex-officio indictments.
“We have not had any acquittals yet, and this case has set the precedent.
“When the institutions of government realign themselves to extirpate corruption, corruption will have no place in our government,” he said.