The National, Friday July 6th, 2012
By ADRIAN MATHIAS
A YOUNG businessman is calling on the Australian High Commission in Papua New Guinea to monitor its citizens who are allegedly conducting harmful business practices in developing nations, including Papua New Guinea.
Simdei Kangu of Wanigu village, West Yangoru, East Sepik province, made the call after losing K70,000 to an Australian, Joseph Richard Bryant, whom he accused of fraudulently obtaining the money from him.
His business involves buying and selling gold and he operates out of Tabubil in Western province.
His letter to the Australian High Commissioner Ian Kemish on May 30, read: “How long will I wait to get a positive response from your office? Your citizen Bryant is illegally residing in this country.
“Are you not going to use your discretionary power to execute a decision or you want to wait until something gets exploded due to your failure to respond?
“This is a very unique and legitimate issue with all the necessary legal evidence being forwarded to.”
In his previous letter to Kemish dated last Oct 25, reads: “This letter is written by me, the plaintiff, and serves to inform the Australian High Commission about
an injustice caused by Joseph Richard Bryant of Sydney,
Australia, the holder of passport number N2014788.
“Bryant is accused of fraudulently initiating a legal business transaction in which he obtained a sum of K70,000 from me to fund his gold business.”
After he borrowed the money from me, he failed to honour his commitment to me by repaying the K70,000 loan with the agreed interest.
“At the time he borrowed the money from me, he promised to repay me by way of a statutory declaration he duly signed,” Kangu said.
Kangu said his delay to repay the loan had brought about great loss, pain and suffering upon his life.
“His PNG visa had expired on April 12 but he is still in the country (PNG),” he said.
He said he was a young emerging businessman who had sacrificed his life by investing much time and effort to earn this kind of money.
“He (Bryant) is using my money and living in the country. What a shame on Australians,” Kangu said.
He said he sued Bryant to court in March last year to repay his monies but it did not help.