15 Feb 2010

Prison escaper in PNG claims he had support from the top

8:20 pm on 15 February 2010

A notorious Papua New Guinea criminal has told police that two Cabinet Ministers helped him escape from jail in Port Moresby four weeks ago.

William Kapris and 11 others escaped from Bomana jail - he was recaptured last week.

PNG's Sunday Chronicle newspaper reports police sources saying Kapris told the police officers who arrested him that the two Ministers provided thousands of dollars to pay for the escape.

The paper reports the Police Commissioner Gari Baki saying he knew nothing of these allegations.

Kapris was the third of the 12 prisoners to be recaptured when he was found in Port Moresby hotel last week.

He is facing charges in connection with a series of bank robberies last year, rape, the hi-jacking of a plane, and the alleged murder of a police officer.