PNG statistician says he obtained orders to stay his arrest

3:52 pm on 3 May 2018

Papua New Guinea's national statistician says he obtained two court orders at the end of last month to stay a warrant for his arrest.

Papua New Guinea police.

Photo: RNZ / Johnny Blades

Roko Koloma told the newspaper the National the warrant was in regards to the restructure of the National Statistical Office.

Police had reportedly been trying to find Mr Koloma in April when the statistician said he was off work for a fortnight with sickness and another two weeks organising his case.

The police fraud squad says it's investigating Mr Koloma after an audit found his office had overspent its budget for the last two years by more than $US7 million.

The fraud squad's director Matthew Damaru said he was not ready to bring Mr Koloma in for questioning.

He said an attempt to arrest Mr Koloma by police last Friday was unrelated to his investigation.

The anti corruption watchdog Transparency International has called on the PNG government to suspend the statistician.

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