7 Jan 2006

Body of former PNG prime minister to be flown home

9:38 am on 7 January 2006

The body of the former Papua New Guinea prime minister Sir William Skate is expected to be flown into the capital Port Moresby this afternoon.

The Post Courier newspaper reports the body of Sir William, better known as Bill Skate, will be flown up from Brisbane on Air Niugini F100 charter today.

A group of soldiers will take-over as pall-bearers to begin a sequence of official ceremonies ahead of the state funeral next Thursday.