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PAPUA New Guinea's prime minister Peter O’Neill has expressed disappointment in the manner in which the Ombudsman Commission has referred him to the Public Prosecutor.

Mr O'Neill has been referred on three allegations related to his move earlier this year to direct the acquisition of a controversial $US1.1 billion state loan from the Swiss bank, UBS.

The Ombudsman alleges the government did not follow proper processes in acquiring the loan to purchase shares in Oil Search Ltd.

It also cites the subsequent sacking of Don Polye as Treasurer, and Mr O'Neill's media statement on the matter.

However the prime minister says he has not been given adequate opportunity to respond to the Ombudsman.

He describes the referral as a circumvention of the judicial process and has dismissed it as being politically motivated.

Mr O'Neill also reiterated the importance of PNG moving quickly to buy back shares in Oil Search which he says have since increased in value by close to $US200 million.


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Nathan Gabara

Why is he always questioning the law? Is he above the law? Can someone set a better example for up and coming generations like us for the good of our country.

Johnny Blades

Strange how the story appears to have been broken by O'Neill's office itself, as part of its response press release. Pre-emptive?

Jimmy Awagl

O'Neill shall not question the law but his own actions should reflect the legality of state law. He deceives himself as a person who defies the law.

Cathy Leka

Well boo boo, Mr O'Neill. So very sorry to hear that you feel slighted!

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