11 May 2010

PNG's recently-resigned attorney-general says government is legalising corruption

10:29 am on 11 May 2010

Papua New Guinea's former justice minister and attorney-general says the National Alliance-led government is legalising corruption by pushing through legislative amendments to the Ombudsman Commission.

Dr Allan Marat resigned last week after publicly criticising controversial amendments to the Ombudsman Commission which many observers say will undermine its integrity.

He says Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare forced him to resign in an angry outburst in front of the government caucus.

Dr Marat says that the motive behind the amendments doesn't sit well with some coalition members although not many are prepared to speak out.

"We are all aware of existing charges against politicians and the constitutional amendments, in our view, now with hindsight, we see that they are actually legalising the wrongs. They've rendered the wrongs that were previously done by cetrain politicians to be legal. It's like legalising corruption."

Dr Allan Marat.