An arrest warrant has been issued for former Papua New Guinea prime minister Peter O’Neill on charges of corruption.

The country’s acting police commissioner David Manning said a district court had issued the warrant on Friday for the former leader, who was forced out of office in May after eight years in power.

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In a statement, O’Neill described the charges as a “political move” with “false and fabricated” charges and claimed he was “not informed or presented with a warrant to appear anywhere today”.

-Noah Harte