Senior PNG cop Eluh suspended

7:57 pm on 29 July 2015

Papua New Guinea's assistant police commissioner Thomas Eluh has been suspended from duties.

Thomas Eluh

Thomas Eluh Photo: RNZI

The Commissioner of Police Gari Baki has confirmed the suspension, which he says was enforced because Mr Eluh refused to be moved from Port Moresby to head the New Guinea Islands region as Assistant Commissioner.

Commissioner Baki said he had issued instructions in a briefing after he recently took office and made changes including transfers of certain officers but Mr Eluh has not moved.

Mr Baki says the matter of Mr Eluh disobeying him is under an internal investigation.

Mr Eluh has been suspended previously several times including last year after he was involved in investigating a major corruption case from which an arrest warrant for Prime Minister Peter O'Neill stemmed.

The arrest warrant was subsequently stayed and its validity is still the subject of legal action.