Former MP appears in court

Former Moresby North-East MP, Labi Amaiu, has appeared at the Waigani District Court following his arrest last week Friday.

His case is now undergoing the Committal Court process at the District Court.

Amaiu was charged with seven counts of conspiracy to defraud and seven counts for misappropriation.

The former Moresby North-East MP is facing allegations he conspired with others at the Department of Lands and Physical Planning, to obtain 64 allotments at the Durand Farm valued at over K5 million.

It is alleged he transferred the titles from the National Housing Corporation to a company called PNG Resource Corporation.

He also allegedly conspired with others to defraud a portion of land, valued at K400,000, by transferring the titles from NHC to PNG Resource Corporation.

Magistrate Cosmas Bidar, when reading the charges in court, explained to Amaiu these are allegations at this stage and police will investigate to compile a hand-up brief to assist the court weigh out its evidence.

His case was adjourned to July 30.

(Labi Amaiu file picture)

Sally Pokiton