30 Sep 2015

PNG police boss: high profile sackings over ill-discipline

3:48 pm on 30 September 2015

The Papua New Guinea police commissioner says the sacking yesterday of two high-ranking staff is for ill-discipline, not their involvement in an investigation involving the Prime Minister.

Gari Baki says assistant commissioner Thomas Eluh has been dismissed for insubordination relating to his behaviour under the previous commissioner.

Mr Eluh says he is not surprised by his sacking and that of Chief Inspector Timothy Gitua, who have both pushed investigations against the prime minister in relation to a major fraud case.

But Mr Baki says the sackings have nothing to do with the case, which he says is continuing.

The Commissioner says as lead investigator Mr Gitua should have acted more professionally.

"He should restrain himself from going out into the nightclub, getting drunk in the nightclub, misbehaving in the nightclub, being chucked out of the nightclub. As a result he went back to his house, got his firearm, come back into the nightclub, fired shots in the nightclub and threatened security."

Mr Gitua was charged over the alleged incident in Port Moresby in July last year.

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