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By Evelyn Toa

PORT VILA, Vanuatu (Port Vila Presse, Sept. 26) - The Director of the Vanuatu Police Force Training Wing has called for a formal inquiry into the alleged practice of "black magic" inside the Vanuatu Police Force (VPF).

Prime Ministe Edward Natapei, who is also a Presbyterian Elder, has warned the Vanuatu Police to have respect for each other and not to let jealous thoughts destroy both their lives, and the good image of the force.

"Do not be jealous of each other whenever there is a promotion in the force. The Holy scripture says: 'For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it. What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet
forfeit his soul?'" he said.

The head of government gave the warning in front of a crowd of thousands of people who were attending the funeral service of the late Major Seule Takal, Commander of the Police Special Branch (SB), last Sunday morning at the Presbyterian church hall at Mele-Maat village. Force
members later escorted his coffin to North Efate, where he was buried at his home village of Mere, on Nguna Island.

Major Caulton, who also attended the service, joined Prime Minister Natapei in saying that the police have to consider this statement seriously, and act. He said a letter will be sent to the office of the Police Commissioner to request a formal inquiry into the allegations.

"The Police Force should have done its normal duty in investigating the matter, in order to clear any eventual confusion and 'threat' that might be created among force members and the families, as it is not the first time that people have heard stories of black magic being
practiced inside the VPF."

The Commissioner of Police, Robert Obed Diniro, wishes to comment that Vanuatu is a Christian country and a free society, and that he has no further comments to make on the issue.

September 30, 2003

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