13 Oct 2006

Criminal charges dropped against PNG's former police commissioner

6:43 am on 13 October 2006

Charges of interfering in a police fraud case have been dropped against Papua New Guinea's former police commissioner Sam Inguba.

Mr Inguba, who stepped down last month as commissioner, was charged with perverting the course of justice and abuse of office.

The charges were dropped today by prosecutors who cited lack of evidence.

Mr Inguba's lawyer, Roger Maguire, says the charges were trumped up and there was now no obstacle to his client being reappointed as police commissioner.

He was charged over allegations he blocked an inquiry into an 1.38 million US dollar fraud.