PNG Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Sets Up In­quiry Into Fraud Squad

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Pa­pua New Guinea’s fraud squad is to be in­ves­ti­gated in the lat­est de­vel­op­ment in a ma­jor fraud case im­pli­cat­ing the country’s Prime Min­is­ter. PNG’s Po­lice Com­mis­sioner said he was es­tab­lish­ing an in­ter­nal in­quiry into the role and ac­tions of the squad. This comes days af­ter Gary Baki sus­pended lead­ing mem­bers of the squad who are ad­vanc­ing a case which im­pli­cates the Prime Min­is­ter Peter O’Neill. The sus­pen­sion has since been stayed by the court but a divi­sion emerged within PNG’s Po­lice force over the mat­ter. Among the breaches which the Com­mis­sioner lev­elled at the fraud squad head Matthew Da­maru and sev­eral of his team, were al­le­ga­tions of in­sub­or­di­na­tion and bribery. Now Mr Baki has com­mis­sioned an in­quiry to as­cer­tain whether fraud squad of­fi­cers were im­par­tial and ob­jec­tive in dis­charge of their du­ties. The in­quiry is also to look at whether the fraud squad was op­er­at­ing in ac­cor­dance with proper Po­lice prac­tices. The in­quiry is to be headed by the as­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner of Oper­a­tions, David Man­ning, and is ex­pected to take four weeks to com­plete. Times of In­dia

PNG’s po­lice com­mis­sioner Gary Baki.

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