Papua New Guinea Somehow Lost Nearly 300 Luxury Cars After APEC Summit

Police in Papua New Guinea are searching for almost 300 vehicles used during last year’s Asia-Pacific Economic Corporation (APEC) meeting that have mysteriously disappeared.

The government of the South East Asian country imported hundreds of vehicles for world leaders to drive around in during the conference.

Among the vehicles imported were 40 Maserati Quattroportes and three Bentleys. The government had said at the time that it would auction the vehicles after the summit. However, State Asset Recovery Unit Superintendent Dennis Corcoran revealed on Tuesday that 284 of the vehicles are missing.

“There are 284 vehicles… that were issued to personnel to use during the Asia-Pacific Economic Corporation (APEC) summit that haven’t been returned as yet,” he said.

“All 40 of the Maseratis and the three Bentleys are in top condition and locked away in the old wharf shed down on the main wharf,” Corcoran added, revealing that the vehicles missing include Toyota Land Cruisers, Fords, Mazdas, and Mitsubishi Pajeros.

Police know of at least nine vehicles that were stolen and a number of others that were returned with serious damage, The Telegraph reports.

According to government spokesman Chris Hawkins, many of the vehicles that have yet to be returned are sitting in government lots or being used by public servants, paramedics, and firefighters. Dennis Corcoran added that it shouldn’t be difficult to track them down, because he has a master list of everyone who signed them out.

The government of Papua New Guinea faced a harsh backlash from locals when news and images of the hundreds of imported vehicles came to light. At the time, the country was battling an outbreak of polio and many questioned the need to spend so much money on vehicles for the summit.


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  • Thomas Bondan Tyas

    poor & stupid country


      -proud american and his idiocy

    • Stephen G

      It isn’t any better in the rich stupid countries either.

  • sidewaysspin

    Typical third world corruption, since the people there are probably ignorant they don’t know or care that they’re being duped.

    • Paulbe

      Oh they know all right, but when the corrupt own the Police and Military there isn’t much they can do about it.

  • robotlogic

    Papua New Guinea is an Island, they couldn’t of gotten too far away.

  • Ilbirs

    Maybe this is the first story about Papua New Guinea that most people here are reading about in their lives.

  • KAG25

    On ships being parted out right now

  • Jim Jones ©

    Papua New Guinea is not known for its high standards of law and order 98% of the nation still lives in a stoneage tribal society where women are routinely murdered for witchcraft, education is almost non existent and the bow and arrow still reigns supreme in the highlands.

    It won’t take Sherlock Holmes to find these cars a simple drive around Port Moresby will find them pretty quickly and those that are still missing have already been shipped out in a container by whoever was in charge on the day.

  • Paul

    There’s people somewhere enjoy some nice rides compliments of this shoddy country.

    • Paulbe

      Notorious sh***ole. So corrupt the people pick their own pockets.

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