11 Jan 2007

PNG's police commissioner facing charges

4:54 pm on 11 January 2007

The police in Papua New Guinea have arrested the new police commissioner for perverting the course of justice.

Gari Baki turned up at police headquarters for his first day on the job yesterday but as our correspondent in Port Moresby, Alex Rheeney explains, the situation quickly escalated.

"Cabinet appointed police commissioner, Gari Baki, walked into police headquarters in Port Moresby to take up his appointment. He was actually caught up in a stand off with police officers who opposed his appointment but it was initially done in December so there was a little bit of tension with the policemen actually cocking rifles and pointing rifles at each other, especially those supporting Mr Baki and others who were against his appointment and it was a tense stand-off. But eventually Mr Baki was arrested and charged with perveting the course of justice in regards to the misappropriation of some 900 thousand kina."

Alex Rheeney.