Former PNG police commissioner sentenced to 3 years jail

2:34 pm on 3 July 2015

Papua New Guinea's former police commissioner, Geoffrey Vaki, has been sentenced to three years in jail with hard labour.

Vaki was last month convicted on contempt charges for obstructing an arrest warrant issued against the prime minister, Peter O'Neill, last year.

That arrest warrant had been obtained by the anti-corruption investigative unit, Taskforce Sweep, over Mr O'Neill's alleged involvement in approving illegal payments to a law firm.

But Mr O'Neill refused to go in for questioning and sacked the then commissioner Tom Kulunga, replacing him with Geoffrey Vaki, who subsequently ruled out an arrest.

The arrest warrant remains active, but has been stayed while an application for a judicial review by Mr O'Neill is pending.

The Police Commissioner of Papua New Guinea, Geoffrey Vaki.

The Police Commissioner of Papua New Guinea, Geoffrey Vaki. Photo: Dominic Kakas

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