PNG Prime Minister Peter O'Neill said he welcomed the court's decision.
PNG Prime Minister Peter O'Neill said he welcomed the court's decision. AAP

PNG PM loses bid to prevent anti-corruption investigation

PAPUA New Guinea's Supreme Court has dismissed an attempt by the country's Prime Minister to prevent anti-corruption police from investigating him.

Anti-corruption police sought to arrest and interview Peter O'Neill in June 2014.

But the Prime Minister and Finance Minister James Marape sought court orders effectively stopping police from arresting or interviewing them in relation to the payment of about $30 million of allegedly fraudulent legal bills.

The anti-corruption taskforce was then disbanded and the Attorney-General and Police Commissioner replaced.

On Tuesday, a three-man bench of the Supreme Court dismissed all orders preventing anti-corruption officers from further investigating the matter.

ABC


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