13 Jan 2014

PNG couple arrested over death threat

7:35 pm on 13 January 2014

Police in Papua New Guinea have arrested and charged a man and woman for issuing a death threat to the National Capital District governor over the ban in sales of betel nut.

The pair was charged on Saturday under the Telecommunication Act for using their mobile phone to send the death threat to Powes Parkop.

The couple have now been released on bail to await a court appearance this week.

The NCD Metropolitan Superintendent Andy Bawa told the newspaper, The National, the pair from Chimbu province were apprehended at 9-Mile outside Port Moresby about 6am on Saturday.

Mr Bawa says police intelligence reports have indicated there are other people involved and warns that others who collaborated with the couple will face the full force of the law.