A story was printed in Australian newspapers on the 24 October 2020 that detailed the questioning of an Australian Government official by an Australian Senator at Senate Estimates hearings on the 19/20 October 2020 over allegations of an approach to Paladin in 2017 by a PNG Government official for payment in relation to the Manus Island service contract.

The same story was also reported in the Australian and PNG media in both October 2019 and January 2020.

Paladin has previously advised both the Australian and PNG Government that Paladin did not have probative evidence that could sustain such allegations.

Paladin’s current directors standby this statement.