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January 21, 2021
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Former Deputy Secretary of Treasury Case Ruling This Month

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By Theckla Gunga – EMTV News, Port Moresby

July 19 has been selected as the date a ruling will be made on the case involving former Deputy Secretary of Treasury, Aloysius Hamou.

The case is in relation to the purchasing of two generators in 2013. Hamou was charged for two counts of misappropriation and abuse of office.

He appeared before Senior Magistrate Cosmas Bidar at the Waigani Committal Court this morning, represented by lawyer John Griffin.

Griffin told Magistrate Bidar that there is not enough evidence to sustain the two charges laid against his client.

The court heard that Hamou only followed orders from the Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill, when he allocated funds to the Bank of PNG for the payment of the two generators.

However, police prosecution argues that Hamou, as the Deputy Secretary, had the authority to refuse to sign the document or instead seek clarification before signing.

Officers from the National Fraud and Anti-Corruption Directorate criminally charged Hamou in July 2015.

When the case returns to court on July 19, a decision on whether the case will proceed to a higher court or if it is dismissed at the Committal Court.

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