THE NATIONAL Fraud and Anti-Corruption Directorate says it is concerned with the number of court cases being struck out or dismissed.
The most recent case involved former police commissioner Geoffrey Vaki. The Waigani Committal Court dismissed it last week after finding insufficient evidence against him.
“We have come to a frightening stage where a number of unusual interferences in the criminal justice process have led to the lost cases,” said fraud head Chief Superintendent Matthew Damaru (right).
“The process of initiating the criminal justice process is now encumbered by an unusual vetting committee,” he stated.
Damaru also cited other unusual factors influencing cases including the police commissioner filing an affidavit in support of the accused, public prosecutors threatened with punishment for prosecuting cases and the attorney-general instructing lawyers to appear for opposing parties.
“What we are witnessing is the frightening emergence of state institutions being captured and used for personal interests,” Damaru said.
He called on public servants to be vigilant and to do their jobs without fear or favour.
“At the moment, everybody is succumbing to corruption,” he said.
“We will have to help ourselves and fight this.”
He said Papua New Guinea’s future will be bleak if it allows corruption to spread unchecked.