My friend you think that's scary, read the Post Courier article about Kapris. PNG is heading for disaster I'm afraid. Our country is seriously in turmoil and I don't know how we can pull out from that and better manage our resources.
TWO Chinese groups were shocked yesterday to hear that Papua New Guinea’s “most notorious criminal’’ has alleged Chinese triads are sponsoring candidates for the 2012 next elections.
The Chinese Association in PNG Inc (CAPNG) president Ni Cragnolini and China PNG Friendship Association (CPNGFA) vice president Michael Lin said separately that they were surprised that Kapris had connected his illegal activities to a network of Asian crime gangs and senior government ministers.
While Mr Lin said his association would issue a formal statement later, Ms Cragnolini said Kapris must provide facts and hard evidence to substantiate his allegations.
“He must provide evidence to substantiate his story so that police can investigate and put the the Asians and ministers involved to trial under the laws of the country,” an irate Ms Cragnolini said.
AAP reported yesterday, attributing to an hour-long videotaped confession (seen by AAP), that Kapris reportedly told police he was a “bag man’’ for a network of Asian crime gangs and senior government ministers who planned and funded his major robberies.
Kapris, who is facing trial for a series of high-profile bank robberies and a jail escape, alleges syndicates such as the triads were linked to most PNG government institutions and agencies and used PNG’s infamous “rascals’’ for crimes. He alleges Asian mafia were funding political candidates for PNG’s next elections in 2012.
“There are five to 10 guys like me who are now working with Asians,” Kapris reportedly said in the video interview.
“I would help the network and prepare for (the) 2012 election. We wouldn’t remove the Prime Minister by gunpoint but through our own candidates, courtesy of the elections.
“Once they were in government people like me will be free to do what I like.” Also on the tape, Kapris reportedly explains Port Moresby’s “black bank” - an Asian network to launder money, for business loans and funding future robberies. “The Asians (gangs) that are here are all connected to the ’black bank’,” he allegedly said.
“If the State doesn’t heed my warning I fear the Government will be run by this Asian network. I was there and I saw the threat.”
In May last year violence and looting flared across PNG as local communities vented their anger over an influx of new Asian-run business they believe were fuelling widespread corruption.
At the time, Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare dismissed them as “opportunists” while Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Abal conceded corruption, not just in immigration, was “paralysing PNG’s systems”.
In January this year Malaysian-born business leader Jason Tan survived a shooting by alleged Chinese mafia only weeks after Chief Ombudsman Chronox Manek survived an unrelated assassination attempt.
Monash University’s Professor James Chin has written extensively about rising tensions related to PNG’s “new Chinese” - the recent arrivals from mainland China.
“The Chinese gangs in PNG are not big enough to bankroll an entire party, like the ruling National Alliance, but they can fund individuals, mostly local politicians who can protect their small illegal business” he said.
“There is no doubt about rising criminal elements in PNG from mainland China but they are not the big triad groups found in Hong Kong.
“However once the ExxonMobil gas pipeline project comes on line and big money flows into PNG, the big triad groups will come.”
On the tape Kapris also fingers several senior government officials, who cannot be named for legal reasons. He alleges they contributed and subsequently received large sums from his million kina heists. “Without them behind me, I wouldn’t or couldn’t have done this,” he said. “They provided money, plane tickets, fuel for getaway boats and food.”
Kapris was one of 12 prisoners who escaped from the city’s Bomana jail on January 12.