ECP coulda knocked the big boys straight off to jailJune 10 2006 at 4:43 PM
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Response to Sir Mekere - Any more insights on Cayman Island Deal?
When Luther Wenge successfully (yes, the program DID violate PNG law) challenged the ECP program, it also ended what may have been a massive cleanup of corruption in the PNG government.
The idea was for ECP-funded experts to work with the public prosecutor, ombudsman and police to nail the big boys. Specifically aiming for JULIUS CHAN, PAIS WINGTI, and WILLIAM SKATE. Anyone else they could get the goods on, they were also aiming for them.
There's no argument that the ECP was constructed in an illegal way that violated PNG sovereignty. Whether or not the public was aware of the anti-corruption intent of part of the ECP, it still would have been tossed out the door.
But the important thing is that without the ECP, there is no - I repeat no - effective effort to investigate the biggest ripoffs in Papua New Guinea history, ripoffs involving literally hundreds of millions of kina.
There will be NO investigation.
Most middle class Papua New Guineans, being more concerned about their skins than that of their nation, were only concerned about whether or not Aussie police were going to slap around local raskols.
There was a much bigger picture to the ECP than that.
Obviously, Luther Wenge has little to fear with his money laundering now that he's got all that ECP worry out of the way. I also seem to recall Peter Yama making a big stink in parliament about the ECP, that for obvious reasons. Peter Yama has a great deal to fear from any focused corruption investigation.