13 Feb 2004

PNG parliamentary committee member threatened

3:21 pm on 13 February 2004

The head of an outspoken parliamentary committee in Papua New Guinea has received death threats.

The Post Courier newspaper report that the Public Accounts Committee Chairman John Hickey has received three anonymous phone calls on his mobile phone.

He said the police were aware of threats and would be guarding him during his stay in Port Moresby and while in his electorate in Madang Province.

Mr Hickey said there were verbal threats made to him last week and that other committee members had also received threats.

He said Police Commissioner Sam Inguba was notified about the threats and would be investigating the matter, as well as providing him with fulltime security.

The PAC deputy chairman Kimson Kare said the chairman adjourned the inquiry into Air Niugini in the morning after Mr Hickey received the phone call.