Papua New Guinea’s former planning minister, Paul Tiensten, has reportedly fled to Australia after being served with a summons to answer allegations of fraud and corruption before a government taskforce. The charges relate to the misappropriation of $A44.4 million of development funds in his constituency.

Mr. Tiensten has previous connections with alleged acts of corruption. In 2008, a Singaporean businessman told a Taiwanese court that that six officials from Papua New Guinea, including Mr. Tiensten, received a proportion of $A19 million pledged by Taiwan to strengthen diplomatic relations with the country. Mr. Tiensten admitted to meeting with Taiwanese officials but denied any allegations of corruption.