PAPUA NEW GUINEA POLICE PROBING THREATS TO NAROKOBI

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (December 15, 1998 - Post-Courier)---Opposition Leader Bernard Narokobi said yesterday he should not feel threatened because he had done nothing wrong to the country and people of Papua New Guinea.

"Leaders are elected to office to hold positions of trust with dignity and integrity. And I deserve no punishment from anyone because I have done nothing wrong to this nation,'' he said.

Mr. Narokobi and his family, who have been placed under threat by criminal elements in Port Moresby in recent weeks, said he will consult his Wewak electorate and discuss the matter with his people on what appropriate action should be taken if the Government does not take positive steps to address the issue immediately. Mr. Narokobi lost his official car two Sundays ago to criminals when it was parked at Jacksons Airport to pick the leader up after arriving from Wewak.

Three youths stole the vehicle after Mr. Narokobi's son, who was driving, left the car to check on his father.

Police gave chase and there were several shots fired along the Nine-Mile Road before the vehicle was found abandoned at Mt. Diamond, outside Port Moresby.

The car was badly damaged and had its radio and air-conditioner removed and tires deflated. Mr. Narokobi told the Post-Courier that there was also a planned assassination attempt on him two weeks ago, which his officers began investigating after they were alerted.

He said police were carrying out a separate investigation on the matter.

For additional reports from The Post-Courier, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Newspapers/The Post-Courier (Papua New Guinea).

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