Papua New Guinea: Papua New Guinea’s ex-PM Peter O’Neill arrested over corruption

Peter O’Neill, the former prime minister of Papua New Guinea, has been arrested over corruption allegations after arriving back in the country, according to police.

The arrest on Saturday at Jacksons International Airport in the capital, Port Moresby, was part of an investigation into the alleged unauthorised purchase of two Israeli generators while he was in power, Hodges Ette, Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary assistant commissioner, said in a statement.

“There is reasonable evidence for misappropriation, abuse of office and official corruption,” Ette said.

Police alleged that when O’Neill was prime minister, he had directed payments for the purchase of the two generators from Israel “without due consideration for procurement processes … without the approval by the parliament” and without any tender process.

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