13 Feb 2015

Former PNG minister found guilty of 3 more offences

6:48 pm on 13 February 2015

A former Papua New Guinea cabinet minister, serving a jail term for misappropriation, has been found guilty of three more offences.

The charges against Paul Tiensten relate to $US1.3 million that was earmarked to rehabilitate a run-down plantation in East New Britain province, but never reached the plantation's owners.

The Post Courier reports that Tiensten appeared before the National Court where he was charged with one count of official corruption, one count of obtaining goods by false pretence and one count of misappropriation.

Justice Mogish said he was satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that Tiensten abused his authority as minister for National Planning and Monitoring by diverting the cheque, and said the action was dishonest and corrupt.

Tiensten will again be sentenced in April.