27 Aug 2008

Australian consultancy criticised for sidestepping PNG law

1:16 pm on 27 August 2008

A Papua New Guinea politician has criticised an Australian company for flying out an employee involved in a car crash which seriously injured a young girl.

The Morobe Governor, Luther Wenge, says it is unfortunate that the person escaped from the country before being dealt with by law.

Witnesses allege the Australian, who had worked for project management company Coffey International Development as an adviser to PNG's treasury, crashed into four cars and broke the 10-year-old girl's pelvis in three places.

The Australian government contracts Coffey International Development for aid programmess in PNG in the health, law and justice sectors.

Mr Wenge says the action by the company was hypocritical but it says it stands by its decision to fly the adviser out of PNG.

The Police Commissioner, Gari Baki, says no one is above PNG's laws and the country may move to extradite the Australian.