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

Al Jazeera | May 23, 2020 at 11:28 AM
  • Peter O’Neill, the former prime minister of Papua New Guinea, has been arrested over corruption allegations after arriving back in the country.
  • 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.
  • The politician’s long tenure ended in 2019 and was marked by a string of corruption allegations, including the purchase of 40 Maseratis for an Asia-Pacific leaders’ summit he hosted – in a country where few homes have reliable electricity.