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By Dominic Krau

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, Jan. 8) - A senior police officer has incurred the wrath of Police Commissioner Sam Inguba for allegedly trying to prevent the deportation of five illegal Chinese immigrants at the Port Moresby International Airport on Monday.

Sam Bonner, a legal officer with the force, allegedly swore at detectives and immigration officers who were escorting the Chinese for deportation.

The incident was aired over EMTV news on Monday, he said.

Mr Bonner neither confirmed nor denied the incident, but said he was preparing his explanation to the commissioner.

Mr Inguba said Mr Bonner had gone to the airport with some government executives and claimed there was a court order preventing the deportation.

"I am not aware of an existing court order restraining the deportation and I am very disappointed at the behavior of Mr Bonner, who is a senior police officer and lawyer," he said.

"He has acted irresponsibly, unprofessionally and unethically." 

Mr Inguba commended EMTV for capturing the incident with a concealed camera "as it will propel our investigations into a lot of issues concerning the wheeling and dealings of police officers who are supposed to be servants of the Government and the people of Papua New Guinea".

Mr Inguba said Mr Bonner used his (Inguba's) name in the incident in an obvious attempt to bulldoze and obstruct the normal process of the law.

The five Chinese left the country on Monday afternoon.

Mr Bonner insisted that there was an order but it did not bear the court's official stamp.

He said he could not give his explanation to Mr Inguba yesterday as the commissioner was unavailable and declined further comment.

January 8, 2004

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