Papua New Guinea Minister Jimmy Maradina charged with assault in Australia

Papua New Guinea’s powerful petroleum minister, Jimmy Maradina, has been charged with assault following a “domestic dispute” in Australia, according to court documents.

Police say a 31-year-old woman was allegedly attacked by a 58-year-old man she knew in Sydney on Saturday morning local time.

Maradina was granted conditional bail ahead of a court appearance on July 11.

“We are aware of the recent media reports” and are “working with authorities to address this issue,” he said in a statement.

“I understand the gravity of this situation and the concerns it causes,” Maladina said.

“As a public servant, I hold myself to high standards of conduct both personally and professionally.

“I want to be clear that violence in any form is unacceptable and I am committed to dealing with this situation honestly and transparently.”

Police said the woman who was allegedly attacked suffered injuries to her face.

Maradina was appointed Papua New Guinea’s petroleum minister earlier this year and serves as a key adviser to President James Marape.

He is deeply involved in the lucrative project of commercializing the country’s natural gas resources.

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