Company linked to alleged bribery in Nauru received refugee housing contract

Last week Australian police arrested and charged a director of Radiance International Pty, Mozu Bhojani, with one count of conspiracy to bribe a foreign public official.

The police allege the Sydney-based businessman provided Nauruan officials with more than $US70,000 in kickbacks in exchange for favourable phosphate shipments for Radiance International.

The police allege the bribery took place between 2015 and 2018.

Peter Crozier of the Australian Federal Police told the ABC programme 7.30 the alleged payments were made to obtain "business advantage in Nauru".

Australian businessman accused of bribing Nauru officials

The Australian Federal Police last week charged Mozammil Gulamabbas Bhojani with one count of conspiracy to bribe a foreign public official.

The ABC reports that Mr Bhojani is accused of providing two Nauruan officials with more than $US70,000 in exchange for favourable phosphate shipments for his company.

Mr Bhojani is the director of Radiance International, which specialises in trading rock phosphate.

He is due to appear in court again in November.



Nauru DPP to appeal parliament riot trial decision

The permanent stay was granted by Nauru Supreme Court judge, Justice Geoffrey Muecke on Thursday.

A statement from the Nauru Government said the trial has been caught in long running legal wrangles over the defendants’ right to counsel, legal aid as well as allegations that they would not be accorded a fair trial.

“Today’s ruling by Justice Muecke has had the practical effect of halting the trial.”

“It is not a determination of the guilt or innocence of the accused persons. The hearing of the evidence in the case has not been heard or given,” the statement said.

Nauru 19 case comes to a head this week

An Australian judge, brought in to hear the case, is to issue his decision on the group's appeal for a permanent stay.

The Nauru 19 had protested outside parliament in June of 2015 - an event the government continues to call a riot.

They are facing various charges including rioting, disturbing the legislature and entering a restricted area.

Pacific Skills Partnership commits to skills development for a sustainable Pacific

As Chair of the 49th Pacific Islands Forum, the Republic of Nauru initiated the partnership in collaboration with The University of the South Pacific (USP) and the Australia Pacific Training Coalition (APTC).

The President of Nauru, Baron Waqa, led representatives from civil society, Pacific Island governments and the private sector in signing a ceremonial tapa scroll confirming their commitment to skills development for a sustainable region.

ADB, Nauru sign agreements to transform Aiwo boat harbour into international port

The signing ceremony Thursday marked the start of the construction phase of the port project.

ADB’s Pacific Liaison and Coordination Office Regional Director Emma Fan and Minister of Finance and ADB Governor David Adeang signed the agreements on the sidelines of the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting in Aiwo. Australia’s High Commissioner to Nauru Angela Tierney and the Ambassador of Japan to Nauru Masahiro Omura witnessed the signing.

Forum to demand apology from China

Baron Waqa, the president of Nauru, warned China and other global powers seeking to use the Pacific as their playground to compete with each other - that the Pacific will no longer tolerate any interference

"From this meeting in Nauru, going forward, we will not allow this kind of behaviour in our Pacific meeting space," Mr Waqa said.

Nauru president attacks journalists for covering refugee stories during Forum

Since 2013, about 900 refugees have been exiled to Nauru where the forum's annual leaders meeting concluded yesterday.

Mr Waqa, who earlier denied reports of widespread suffering among the refugees, says the Pacific is not interested in their stories.

Jacinda Ardern defends travelling separately to Nauru for PIF meeting

The main New Zealand delegation, including Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and a media contingent, arrived in Nauru for the Forum on Monday.

Ardern will be travelling to the Micronesia island on Wednesday in the same Air Force plane, which will have to return to New Zealand to pick her up.

The prime minister could not go for the longer period as her 11-week-old daughter, Neve, is too young to be given the appropriate vaccinations for the trip and, thus, could not travel with her.

NZ foreign minister not going to discuss refugees at Pacific Islands Forum

NGO groups have been pressuring leaders to get conditions for refugees in Nauru on the agenda.

But Peters says he hasn’t gone to Nauru to talk about that issue.

“What we're not going to do is hijack the whole purpose of a huge part of the world that is a blue conference, so to speak. It is critical that we get our agenda completed as well.”

Peters attended the forum’s official opening ceremony last night.

He’s expected to have his first bilateral meeting with his new Australian counterpart, Marise Payne today.