‘PNG Police force facing unprecedented threat’
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.