20 Jun 2008

PNG police chief says wanted criminal helped by rogue cops

3:15 pm on 20 June 2008

Papua New Guinea's police chief has accused rogue officers and high profile figures of helping the country's most wanted criminal escape arrest.

The Police Commissioner Gari Baki says police were closing in on William Kapris, an alleged cop killer, prison escapee and accused armed robber believed to be on the run since last year in West New Britain Province.

Mr Baki says Kapris and his associates are a threat to everyone as long as they are out in the community.

He also says Kapris has been getting some help, with rogue policemen and a number of high profile people aiding and abetting Kapris evade arrest.

Mr Baki says police had been told by very reliable sources that Kapris and his associates had been seen in the vicinity of the home of Deputy PNG Speaker Francis Marus.

Mr Baki says he will be contacting Mr Marus to explain what has happened.