27 Jun 2018

Manus police chief justifies use of curfew

From , 3:05 pm on 27 June 2018

The police chief in Papua New Guinea's Manus province has justified the use of a curfew for refugees in Lorengau.

The 6pm to 6am curfew was imposed last week after a local woman died in a car crash on Manus Island.

According to Manus police commander, David Yapu, the car was being driven by a Pakistani refugee who has been charged with dangerous driving causing death.

He is also charged with driving without a driver's licence and for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Mr Yapu told Johnny Blades says that given feelings in the Manus community after the woman's death, there's a need to restrict the movement of the refugees at this time.

Notice of the curfew.

Notice of the curfew. Photo: Behrouz Boochani