While his friends Michael Somare and Mekere Morauta became prime ministers of Papua New Guinea, lawyer and anti-corruption campaigner SIR ANTHONY SIAGURU spent most of his career working on the sidelines of public life. There - courtly, charming, endlessly energetic - he often seemed to be everywhere at once. In a country increasingly distrustful of its leaders, Siaguru's civic-mindedness and stubborn integrity earned him vast respect.

One of the first Papua New Guineans to attend university, he repaid the opportunity with 35 years of public service in which he fought tirelessly, if with...

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