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Papua New Guinea

MRDC boss charged under Cybercrime Act

Mineral Resources Development Company (MRDC) Managing Director, Augustine Mano, has admitted that he was arrested and charged by police upon his arrival from overseas this morning.

However, he clarified that the charges were not to do with MRDC but he was charged under section 23 (1) (a) (b) (c) (i) of the Cybercrime Act 2016 for cyber harassment of a Philip Kende.

Police have alleged that he has initiated and facilitated a series of WhatsApp messages with certain unknown persons from June 1, 2019, to July 1, 2019, for the purpose of harassing and threatening Philip Kende.

Mano has completely denied those allegations, saying they are baseless and false and who was framed by persons with ill intentions to tarnish his name and reputation.

Mano’s lawyer, McRonald Nale, said at this stage, this charge is a mere allegation that is unverified and is a matter before the police who are currently investigating.

“He is going to defend himself in the courts to prove his innocence.”

Mano is out on K5,000 bail and will appear in court at a later date.

He further reiterated that his arrest has nothing to do with MRDC, its funds and management.

(Augustine Mano filepic)

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