4 May 2011

Baki dismissal in PNG deemed unfair

1:45 pm on 4 May 2011

An independent investigation has found the Papua New Guinea Prime Minister and National Executive Council may have been wrong to suspend the former police commissioner Gari Baki.

The newspaper, The National, says the contents of the report will be embarrassing to the Prime Minister, Sir Michael Somare, and the government which suspended Mr Baki, claiming that he misled cabinet in asking for more than four million US dollars for operations in the LNG project area.

The committee's report says it was unable to find any evidence to conclusively uphold the allegation that Mr Baki had deliberately misled the NEC.

It says there was no written record of Mr Baki's verbal briefing to cabinet, and the NEC should not allow verbal submissions.