19 Sep 2013

Two PNG police charged over slashing attack

7:10 pm on 19 September 2013

Two Papua New Guinea police officers have been charged with armed robbery and unlawful wounding after they allegedly set upon dozens in the National Capital District in late May.

The newspaper, The National, reports that Steven Siskii and Hillary Weni were each charged with 44 counts of armed robbery and 31 counts of wounding.

The incident related to 75 men from Saraga settlement at 6-Mile who were on their way home when a group of police officers allegedly attacked and injured them, slashing the achilles tendons of many of the men.

These men had been involved in an ethnic clash with a group residing at 8-Mile after a relative was killed the previous day.

Four homes were burnt the next day.

Two other police officers involved in the alleged incident are yet to be charged.