Nobody to face charges for PNG Police killing

6:34 pm on 7 May 2015
A Papua New Guinea police vehicle

A Papua New Guinea police vehicle Photo: RNZ / Johnny Blades

Leaders of a village in Papua New Guinea's capital, Port Moresby, say they are shocked to learn that nobody will be held responsible for the deaths of two betel nut vendors who were killed by police in January.

At a news conference yesterday, police said that officers were responsible for the deaths of the two men after they opened fire on a crowd at a market in Hanuabada, but that none of the officers could be identified.

The police report is likely to be handed over for a coronial inquest.

A leader of the Hanuabada crisis committee, Nour Vada, told the Post Courier the investigation was far from over because nobody had been held responsible for the shootings.

He says frustration is growing in the community and there are fears villagers will repeat a blockade they set up after the shooting, which cut fuel supplies to the city and forced power stations to close.

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