4 Mar 2014

PNG government probes deaths of two top officials

11:44 am on 4 March 2014

The Papua New Guinea government is probing the deaths of its two highest ranking correctional services officers who died just two days apart.

The services Commissioner, Martin Balthazar, who was 58, died in Port Moresby on Satruday the 22nd February.

His deputy David Melange collapsed and died at a conference in Goroka on Wednesday the preceding week.

The Post Courier reports the Correctional Services Minister, Jim Simatab, says the cabinet has allocated about US$320,000 for the investigation which he says is aimed at ending dangerous speculation.

The paper reports the autopsies on the two men point to death by natural causes.