A senior lawyer was arrested and charged today by the National Fraud and Anti-Corruption team for playing a hand in the transaction of K71.8 million paid to Paraka Lawyers by the state.
Sam Bonner was arrested at the National Waigani court house this morning and brought to the National Fraud and Anti-Corruption office in Konedobu, where he was charged with two counts of stealing, two counts of conspiracy and two counts of money laundering.
The roads leading to and from the National Fraud and Anti-Corruption office at Konedobu in Port Moresby were blocked and the outer vicinity heavily guarded as lawyer Sam Bonner was being interviewed inside.
The Director for the National Fraud and Anti-Corruption office, Chief Superintendent Mathew Damaru, held a conference and clarified Mr Bonner’s arrest and charges.
“Mr Bonner was arrested and charged for a total of 6 offences. That’s 2 counts of stealing, 2 counts of conspiracy and 2 counts of money laundering.”
Out of the K3.5 million, it’s been alleged that Mr Bonner had kept K450, 000 as commission.
His arrest now makes a total of 5 lawyers arrested and charged so far in the ongoing Paraka investigation.
Chief Superintendent Damaru said there are more arrests to be made.
Mr Bonner has been acting for Police Commissioner Geoffrey Vaki until his arrest today. He is deemed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law after his bail is granted.
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