News Byte For 25th July, 2014

“Human Rights Centre Condemns” – Meredith Kuusa


British human rights research centre, the International State Crime Initiative, has condemned Tuesday’s demolition exercise at Paga Hill. Over twenty homes were destroyed, leaving hundreds homeless, in a demolition exercise that was organised by the National Capital District Commission (NCDC), with the aid of heavily-armed police officers.


ISCI’s Dr Kristian Lasslett says the demolition is a clear violation of the UN guidance on development-induced evictions, and deserves to be condemned.Dr Lasslett also notes on the 2nd of July, Paga Hill residents won their appeal in the Supreme Court, declaring they were exempt from being evicted.


Dr Lasslett says at the very minimum the community would require 45 days’ notice, and a relocation strategy that clearly meets a number of basic human rights standards.


“Paraka Arrested” – Michelle Amba  


Paul Paraka was arrested and charged this afternoon by the Fraud and Anti-Corruption unit. His arrest is in relation to fraudulent payMen’s made to his law firm. His law firm received K162 million through fraudulent means.


He was arrested and charged with stealing by false pretense, conspiracy to defraud the state, money laundering and misappropriation of public funds. He has been brought to the Boroko Police Station and will be released on bail.


Mr. Paraka will appear at the Committal Court in Waigani on Monday. Director Fraud and Anti-Corruption Mathew Damaru told the media there are more people expected to be arrested and charged.


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