Lawyer traced internet blogger to US-PNG Bloggers look out you could be next !
Anonymous Posted Apr 1, 2010 10:26 PM
Lawyer claim traced to US
By MOHAMMAD BASHIR
The allegations of corruption against prominent lawyer Greg Sheppard of Young and William Lawyers and Angeline Sariman of Pacific Legal Group has been traced to a hosting site in Redwood, California, USA.
But the author and publisher of the article posted on the ‘Crime and Corruption in PNG’ blog was by a person in the Western Highlands province. The hosting site has been identified as Automatic.com in Plano, a suburb in Dallas but the trawling in the internet by an IT expert Mr Sheppard engaged on Tuesday is a long way from identifying the culprit.
While confirming these, Mr Sheppard said he will be instructing his lawyers in Brisbane, Australia to appoint an agent in California to pursue the matter with Automatic.com.
In the meantime, Mr Sheppard posted a response to the article directly on the same blog (Crime and corruption in PNG) to give his side of the story to the allegation at about 12:35 noon yesterday. When he checked the blog again at 1:45pm, his article was deleted from the blog. An article posted on that blog this Monday accused him and Ms Sariman of colluding with a State Minister to make K5 million and K1.8 million respectively for a few pages (7 and 12) of legal opinion which would amount to a few hours job.
While Ms Sariman has not commented, Mr Sheppard has said he had never collected a ‘red cent’ despite the article claiming he had shared the money with the politician (named). According to documents obtained by the Post Courier, a letter of 3rd December 2009 itemising and justifying the estimated cost of Supreme Court review on behalf of the State and others was never taken into account in the article.
It only posted a pro-forma invoice dated 4th December 2009 making reference to the letter of the previous day.
The Post-Courier has further found that Mr Sheppard was never engaged at all and he has never been paid, even for his 7 page opinion which he described as more of a tender application.