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PM Belden Namah accused in casino sex scandal, gambling


Its still to be confirmed but either way Namah's implication further tarnishes his respectability and PNG

— masalaifrog (@masalaifrog) March 14, 2012

Here’s the report from the Pacific Island News Association:

Papua New Guinea Deputy Prime Minister Belden Namah has described the Australian media reports about him as unfounded and malicious.

He said yesterday he did not want to talk more on the alleged drunk scenes at a Sydney casino last year, adding that all he had to say was reported by his lawyer Greg Shepherd of Young & William Lawyers.

It was reported that Namah had sexually harassed a Star Casino employee in Sydney last April, while he was in the opposition.

His lawyer has denied outright that his client had misbehaved and that he was not the person named in the casino internal reports which the Australian media cited on Wednesday.

Namah demanded that the Fairfax Group retract the “misleading and unfounded claims”. He also demanded an apology.

He said he was not gay as allegedly implied in the Australian press.

“I want to make it clear that I am not gay,” he said.

Namah said his lawyer would engage three Sydney-based Queen’s Counsel to take the Fairfax-owned newspaper Sydney Morning He¬rald to court for defamation.

He said their report was unfounded and baseless with intent to discredit him and his reputation.

Belden Namah is in more trouble for cracking onto the dealer than he is for allegedly gambling away taxpayers' money. #pngpol

— George Kirby (@Kerbeau) March 15, 2012

Is it a coincidence? #Belden Namah shameful acts in Australia and #BobCarr Australia's foreign minister threatens #PNG with sanction!

— Rita Kandawa (@Kandawa) March 15, 2012

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