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PNG Police arrest Chinese for bribery

A Chinese national was arrested and charged last week for interfering in a Port Moresby police investigation.

It was alleged that the suspect attempted to bribe a police detective involved in an on-going investigation into human trafficking, uttering of government documents and other related transnational crimes.

The suspect, Zhiyuan Cui, also known as Aaron, of Shandon Province, China, and managing director of A & D Consultancy Limited, allegedly offered K10,000 cash to the officer in charge of Gordon police station minor crimes unit senior sergeant Apollos Terry.

Police said the bribe was offered as an inducement for police to stop the on-going investigation and to release confiscated documents and items back to Cui’s custody.

However, Sgt Terry referred the matter to police detectives who arrested Cui and charged him with offering a bribe to a government official.

He was locked up at the Boroko cells and later released on a K1500 court bail.

Mr Cui is the main suspect in an ongoing police investigation on a foreign company involved in illegally bringing in other foreigners into the country.

Police were made aware following a complaint that Cui through his company A & D Consultancy Limited was allegedly falsifying documents and bringing foreign nationals into Papua New Guinea without the companies’ knowledge and or consent.

Police Commissioner Gari Baki said he was alarmed at this allegation and ordered and immediate investigation.

The police had obtained search warrants for the company’s office but the premises the company was operating out of was no longer used by the company.  Press Release

Another search on a separate location on Friday, April 26, led police to retrieve various company documents and K149,000 in cash.

Other documents including Chinese passports, work permits, computers, laptops, and mobile telephones were also confiscated.

Police also confiscated over 200 common seals belonging to various companies including about 24 belonging to Chinese state-owned companies such as China Engineering (PNG) Limited, China Railway Construction Engineering Group North Project Company PNG Ltd, China Harbour Engineering Company Limited, Covec (PNG) Limited, and Petropipe Construction Company Limited.

Cui was brought in with six other suspects. The other main suspect is also from China and the other five are women from the Philippines. Press release
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