19 Nov 2011

PNG's Tiensten faces more charges amid fraud probe

8:47 am on 19 November 2011

A Papua New Guinea MP, Paul Tiensten, has been charged with additional offences.

Earlier this week, Mr Tiensten returned to PNG after fleeing to Australia in September to avoid the anti-corruption group, Taskforce Sweep, set up by the new government.

On Tuesday, he was charged with misappropriation of funds, conspiracy to defraud the state and abuse of office for allegedly approving a more than four million US dollar payment to a fake airline company.

The newspaper, The National, reports, the former planning minister now faces three further charges relating to nearly two million US dollars in project funding which he allegedly diverted to a family company.

These charges are misappropriation, official corruption and obtaining money by false pretences.