‘PNG Po­lice force fac­ing un­prece­dented threat’

Fiji Sun - - World News - RNZI

Port Moresby: The in­de­pen­dence of Pa­pua New Guinea’s po­lice force is fac­ing an un­prece­dented threat, ac­cord­ing to a govern­ment MP. The crit­i­cism from Bire Kimisopa, a former Po­lice Min­is­ter, comes as the Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Gary Baki has side­lined fraud squad de­tec­tives who have been prob­ing a ma­jor cor­rup­tion case which im­pli­cates the prime min­is­ter Peter O’Neill. Mr Kimisopa said at­tempts by Mr Baki to sus­pend the fraud squad of­fi­cers, which was sub­se­quently stayed by the court, and then to block the of­fi­cers from their of­fice are part of a trou­bling trend of ob­struct­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions into high-pro­file fraud. “No com­mis­sioner can in­ter­fere with a po­lice­man who is ac­tu­ally do­ing his law­ful re­spon­si­bil­i­ties,” said Mr Kimisopa. “What this com­mis­sioner is at­tempt­ing to do is at­tempt­ing to si­lence his own peo­ple from within.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Fiji

© PressReader. All rights reserved.