14 Sep 2009

Families angered at PNG Government ignoring dead former soldiers

7:23 pm on 14 September 2009

There are claims that the bodies of former Papua New Guinea soldiers have been kept in a morgue for weeks without receiving a proper burial.

The Post Courier reports the son of a former soldier, Paul Karil Jnr has lashed out at the Defence Force for failing to quickly remove the bodies of two ex-soldiers from the Angau Hospital morgue in Lae.

Mr Karil, says his family removed his father's body which had decomposed after being stored in a body bag in the morgue for a long time.

He says his family paid for his funeral because the army could not meet the expense.

Mr Karil said his father and five other ex-soldiers had since died without being paid their entitlements.

He says the remaining ex-soldiers should be paid quickly as many had spent years living in the baracks awaiting payment.

One ex-soldier George Wamapiri says it's the state's responsibility to pay the funeral expenses of two other soldiers, whose bodies were left in the morgue for 10 to 12 weeks.