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PNG Electoral commissioner Gamato granted bail
5:13 pm GMT+12, 20/10/2019, Papua New Guinea

 Papua New Guinea Electoral Commissioner, Patilias Gamato has been granted a K3,000 (US$886) court bail.
 
The bail was granted by the Waigani District Court, after 6 pm this evening, following an urgent bail application filed by his lawyers this afternoon.
 
Gamato was arrested and charged today with a count each of official corruption, money laundering and conspiracy.
 
Amongst the bail conditions, the defendant shall not interfere with any possible State witnesses, shall not leave NCD without leave of the court, and shall attend all court appearances.
 
The order of the court including the bail certificate was finalised and taken to the Boroko Police Station, where Gamato was remanded.
 
The Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato was arrested by detectives from Boroko in the National Capital District.
 
Gamato was arrested following ongoing fraud investigations in to a case of official corruption implicating the Election Manager for National Capital District Terence Hetinu in 2017.
 
He was charged and detained at the Boroko cells Friday.

SOURCE: NBC NEWS/PACNEWS


 


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