18 Jun 2014

New PNG police chief may be arrested

4:34 pm on 18 June 2014

Reports are coming in from the Papua New Guinea capital that senior police are trying to arrest the acting commissioner, Geoffrey Vaki.

Mr Vaki was only appointed to the role on Monday after the sudden retirement of Tom Kulunga.

Papua New Guinea flag.

Papua New Guinea flag. Photo: supplied

In one of his first actions as commissioner he, along with the newly appointed Attorney General Ano Pala, today removed the normal police lawyer from a key hearing involving the Prime Minister.

Peter O'Neill had been seeking, and attained, a stay on a warrant for his arrest on allegations of involvement in illegal payments to a law firm.

That stay was only achieved after the new police lawyer, Paul Mawa, changed the police's position on the matter.

Our reporter, Todagia Kelola, is in the crowd outside Police National Headquarters in Port Moresby.

"We have been told that the newly appointed acting police commissioner will be arrested for allegedly perverting the course of justice. Now I asked one of the senior officers what this means and he explained to me that because the new commissioner gave new instructions during the court in the morning he is going to be arrested for that."

PNG correspondent Todagia Kelola