4 Jun 2013

PNG police chief acts over officer violence

4:32 am on 4 June 2013

A second policeman in Papua New Guinea has been arrested over allegations officers slashed the achilles tendons of up to 74 people ten days ago in Port Moresby.

Both of those arrested are probationary constables.

They are being held in custody.

Police say more arrests are pending as the commissioner, Tom Kulunga, shows he is clamping down on police violence.

Don Wiseman has more:

"The commissioner has announced that one officer has been arrested and charged with armed robbery and attempted murder after the shooting of a male two weeks ago in Kimbe, West New Britain. An officer has been charged with armed robbery and murder and attempted murder after a woman and her child were killed in an incident in Port Moresby last month. An officer who allegedly attacked a woman with a fan belt in Koroba in Hela Province has been suspended and charged. Investigations are continuing into allegations that police at Gerehu police station forced two men to strip naked and carry out indecent acts. Meanwhile police investigations into the killing of one and injuring of another Lae student during a school brawl last month show the wounds both suffered were caused by a long, sharp instrument and not from police bullets fired as warning shots as first thought. So far no arrests have been made."