News Bytes for 27th June, 2014



Former Attorney General and Justice Minister, Kerenga Kua, has explained the use of an arrest warrant by police served on Prime Minister Peter O’Neill. Mr. Kua, who until last week was the chief legal officer to the government, said the warrant is a legal document granted by the courts and is a prerequisite for any case involving claims of official corruption.



 “BSP FOR PNG GAMES” – Lorraine Genia


Sport triggers yet another private and public sector partnership.

The Morobe Provincial Government will be working closely in collaboration with Bank South Pacific on the road to what they hope will be the Best PNG Games to date.

Morobe Governor, Kelly Naru congratulated BSP on securing naming rights for the PNG Games, which will be hosted in Lae, Morobe Province in November this year.

Mr. Naru is looking forward to working together with the peoples’ bank to foster the growth and development of sports and infrastructure in the Morobe Province. 



“KIRAKIRA UPDATE” – Michelle Amba


Defence Minister Dr. Fabian Pok gave an update on the rampage done by PNGDF soldiers at Kirakira Village. Minister Pok said the force will build 9 three-bedroom houses and 1 four-bedroom house.
He said an investigation into the matter is in progress and those found at fault will face the maximum penalty.



PNG has been globally ranked as a Tier three country in the fight against human trafficking. Meaning PNG is making little or no progress in dealing with trafficking.

The U.S. is now urgently calling on the PNG government to enact legislation to punish or prohibit all forms of human trafficking.

Meanwhile, the Criminal Code Act 2012, passed in Parliament last year, has not yet come into practice.

Over the past decade, 159 countries outside of PNG have become parties to the U.N. trafficking protocol, adopted modern anti-trafficking laws, set up specialized law enforcement units, established victim assistance mechanisms and raised public awareness campaigns.

PNG continues to be an outlier in its practices on this important issue. The world is now seeing human trafficking as modern day slavery.



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