SEDITION CHARGES AGAINST PNG COMMANDER RESURFACE

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SYDNEY, Australia (ABC News Online, May 27) - Charges of
sedition against the former commander of Papua New Guinea's Defense Force have
resurfaced.

The charges against former Brigadier Jerry Singirok stem from
the 1997 Sandline mercenary affair.

Singirok led a military revolt against government plans to use
mercenaries in the civil conflict on Bougainville. He was later charged with
sedition, but the charges were never fully dealt with.

The case has now returned to court, with the government's
lawyers reportedly saying they are ready to proceed.

Singirok will be seeking to have the charges dealt with under an
amnesty provision of specials laws on the Bougainville conflict.

The case is expected to return to court next month.

May 28, 2003

ABC News Online: http://abc.net.au/news/ 

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