14 Oct 2006

Former PNG top cop cleared in fraud probe

4:50 am on 14 October 2006

Papua New Guinea's former police commissioner, Sam Inguba, has been cleared of charges of interfering in a police fraud case.

NBC radio reports that 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 for lack of evidence.

Mr Inguba's lawyer, Roger Maguire said 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 a 1.38 million US dollar fraud investigation.