15 Jan 2014

PNG media advised to back off in police suspension case

3:01 pm on 15 January 2014

The Papua New Guinea media has been urged by a judge to exercise restraint when reporting on the controversial sidelining of four policemen by the police commissioner.

According to the Post Courier, Senior Supreme and National Court judge, Justice Catherine Davani, says the matter is politically sensitive and should be allowed to be dealt with properly by the courts.

She made the comments after a lawyer acting for the Prime Minster Peter O'Neill and Treasurer Don Polye made an application in the National Court that there should be a statement by the court to refrain the media from reporting on the matter until after the hearing.

The opposition has challenged the suspension of the four officers who had issued arrest warrants against the senior ministers.

They were suspended after the district court found they had used the wrong section of the relevant act to issue them.

The prime minister insists there was no wrongdoing, describing the four officers' action as a conspiracy.