6 Jun 2012

Top PNG policeman Yakasa arrested and charged

8:16 am on 6 June 2012

A senior Papua New Guinea policeman, Fred Yakasa, will appear in court today after being arrested yesterday and charged for depriving the political right of Prime Minister Peter O' Neill and his cabinet ministers last December.

Mr Yakasa was the Police Commissioner appointed by Mr O'Neill's rival for the Prime Ministership, Sir Michael Somare.

The Acting Deputy Police Commissioner and Chief of Operations Simon Kauba says police acted on a formal complaint by Mr O'Neill.

It is alleged that Mr Yakasa and a group of officers set up a barricade around the precincts of Government House in a move to prevent Mr O'Neill and his fellow parliamentarians from being sworn into office.