This September will see 31 people, charged in corruption cases launched bytheIndependent Task Force Sweep, stand trial.
Task Force Sweep Chairman, Sam Koim, believesthe result ofthese hearings, will put to rest any assertions of political bias, and enforcethe message that while corruption has its dividends for perpetrators, justice will no longer be delayed.
The cases are fraud-related, based on investigations that Task Force Sweep has been compiling overthe past 2 and a half years.
The cases cover calculated estimates that more that 3 billion kina out of development budgets fromthe years 2009 to 2011, has been lost to corruption. According to Mr Koim, this is only what ITS has been able to detect. Unfortunately, he says, corruption has a tendancy to continue growing.
Much of what Task Force Sweep has been able to do with recouping proceeds of crime parked offshore, has been withthe assistance ofthe Australian Federal Police.
Whilst appreciative oftheir help, Mr Koim believes more can be done through our mutual aid agreements with Australia.
Now with corruption cases being given precedence bythe judiciary, one thing is clear.
For those benefitting from stolen money,there is nowherethey can hide.
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