‘Life’ sentences for white-collar crime in Papua New Guinea


JusticePapua New Guinea’s Parliament has passed new laws increasing the penalties for white-collar crime, as it revived the death penalty for crimes such as aggravated rape, pack rape, or where the victim is a child under 10 years of age.

Theft of money between K5million (US$2.5 million) and K9.99million (US$4.99million) will now attract 50 years jail without parole.

Theft of money or property worth K10million (US$5million) or more will be punished with life imprisonment.

Kidnapping will carry a prison term of 50 years without remission or parole, while kidnapping for ransom carries life imprisonment without parole.

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