TRANSPARENCY International’s Papua New Guinea chief, Lawrence Stephens (pictured), has made a feisty attack on the way the PNG has been handling corruption cases against high profile people.
According to Radio New Zealand International, Mr Stephens identified PNG’s “major problem” as a failure of official organisations to respond to evidence of corruption.
He also said there is a perception that individual office holders see themselves as above the law.
Mr Stephens said this manifests itself in efforts to suppress results of inquiries, sack officials with unsubstantiated claims of political collusion, refusal to answer legitimate questions and delaying legal procedures.
He said the rule of law must be upheld in PNG where a corruption case involving the prime minister continues to cause uncertainty.
A series of legal cases is pending in relation to allegations that Peter O'Neill approved illegal state payments of $US30 million to a law firm.
An arrest warrant for Mr O'Neill was issued in mid-June but has not yet been enacted.
Transparency International said resolution of the case is critical for PNG's future governance and its international relations.