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Australian Federal Police May Be Deployed In Papua New Guinea

Tony Abbott in Papua New Guinea for the Pacific Islands Forum
Tony Abbott in Papua New Guinea for the Pacific Islands Forum
Australian Federal Police are closer to being deployed to the front-line in Papua New Guinea, with the two countries inching towards an agreement to deploy armed Australian officers in PNG’s lawless capital of Port Moresby.

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Papua New Guinea Police Seeking Arrest for Manus Island Facility Guards Over Rape

Manus Island detention centre managers have been threatened with arrest for perverting the course of justice, unless three Australian guards accused of rape are returned for questioning.

Papua New Guinea police are investigating allegations that the trio, who worked for Wilson Security­, allegedly drugged and gang-raped a woman who also worked at the centre. They are angry that the guards were removed­ from the island before a formal investigation.

The alleged victim had made an official complaint to police and supplied some evidence.

Manus Island provincial police commander Alex N’Drasal said he had set a deadline to arres­t centre managers after the close of business today unless the three men were flown back to co-operate with the police investigation. “Their actions have perverted the course of justice,” Mr N’Drasal said.

Rape convictions carry the death penalty in PNG.

The Immigration Department confirmed that the three staff members had been stood down and returned to Australia over an “incident”.

Read more in The Australian or ABC News.

Source: www.theaustralian.com.au

Papua New Guinea Police Want State of Origin Screenings Banned

Live State of Origin broadcasts should be banned in Papua New Guinea because of post match violence, local police say.

Enga Provincial Police Commander George Kakas wants the live feeds banned amid local reports a youth was charged with killing another over a match result, while a fight after round two led to the death of a man in Port Moresby.

“I call on the government of Papua New Guinea to ban the live coverage of Origin matches in Papua New Guinea,” an Enga Police spokesman told the ABC.

“It’s a game where people normally watch and enjoy themselves but nowadays its not that, its changing, supporters of the Blues and supporters of the Maroons, they’ve started to hate each other, argue,” he said.

“There are a lot of killings around the place because of State of Origin matches.”

The game is taken very seriously in the Pacific Island nation – the only country in the world where Rugby League is the national sport.

Source: origin.dev3.perthnow.com.au

New PNG Police Commissioner Says AFP Partners Too Independent From National Police

Papua New Guinea’s new police commissioner Gary Baki is looking to review the policing partnership with Australia because he says the officers have too much independence from the national police commission. A total of 73 Australian Federal Police members are currently in PNG, with 13 in Lae and 60 in Port Moresby. The issue was one of many canvassed by Mr Baki at his first major news conference in Port Moresby yesterday.

Read the full story and listen to the report on ABC Radio Australia.

Source: www.radioaustralia.net.au

PNG Police Commissioner Geoffrey Vaki Sacked; Replaced By Another Sacked Commish

Papua New Guinea’s government has sacked police commissioner Geoffrey Vaki, replacing him with the chief of national intelligence Garry Baki. Prime minister Peter O’Neill, who warned police against the use of excessive force, made the announcement after cabinet ended on Thursday afternoon. Police minister Robert Atiyafa defended the government’s decision, saying action had to be taken to restore public confidence and discipline in the police force.

Source: www.abc.net.au