Aussie arrested over corruption claims

AN INVESTIGATION by the O’Neill-Namah coalition government’s Task Force Sweep has resulted in the arrest of Sarakolok West Transport general manager Timothy Rowland at Kokopo in Papua New Guinea’s East New Britain province.
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The 49-year-old Australian man was charged with various offences including conspiracy to defraud the Manus provincial government of 9.925 million kina ($A4.5 million) according to The National.

Last year the Department of National Planning and Monitoring reportedly paid SWT K7.5 million for the mv Murunga II vessel, with this boat to be delivered to the provincial government.

However, SWT reportedly attempted to seek an additional K6.5 million for the boat and another K3.425 million for variations made to the boat's structure under the sales contract.

While it is not clear how Rowland could do so, the Australian allegedly used his position "to force" the provincial government to accept the vessel and pay the additional K9.925 million to SWT according to the PNG newspaper.

SWT is owned by Travel Air entrepreneur Eremas Wartoto who is already facing corruption proceedings by the national government.

The SWT Group has separate PNG business divisions covering car rentals, travel services, construction and shipping.

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