Agiru: World is more alert

National, Normal

The National, Monday 09th January 2012

NATIONS of the world are more united today than ever before to fight four trans-border international crimes.
“They are terrorism, money-laundering, paedophilia and poaching. Poaching includes theft of wildlife, fisheries, human trafficking and slavery,” Anderson Agiru, deputy leader in the Somare camp, said.
“The allegations of money laundering reported in The National and Weekend Courier are very serious,” he said.
“If there are merits in these reports, then the actions of parliamentarians Belden Namah, Sam Basil and John Boito may have not only committed a serious international crime but have also damaged our country’s credibility internationally.
“As a consequence, PNG parliamentarians will no longer be trusted by our international counterparts.
“Our movements abroad shall be monitored. Papua New Guineans travelling abroad whether on commercial or chartered flights will be subject to rigorous scrutiny.”
He said passengers on board the Falcon jet included PNG, Malaysian and Australian citizens and should be investigated by the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary in collaboration with Interpol from Australia, Indonesia and Malaysia.
“They must also investigate the actions of the Indonesian military fighter jets, to determine whether or not their actions were warranted as our leaders were on board,” he
Agiru said PNG, Indonesia, Australia and Malaysia enjoyed a strong working relationship and the government should investigate and work on the issues in a non-confrontational way.
He said Paru Aihi had outlined clearly PNG’s approach to mitigating the difficult and precarious situation.
“Severing diplomatic ties with Indonesia is not an option,’’ he said.
“The knee-jerk reaction by Belden Namah is deplorable.
“Why was this matter concealed for five and half weeks?”