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By Bonney Bonsella

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, Jan. 4) – A policeman in Kiunga has been suspended from duty for allegedly stealing and selling a .22 rifle and 115 rounds of ammunition to a businessman in Papua New Guinea last week.

[PIR editor’s note: Kiunga is located in the central part of Papua New Guinea’s mainland peninsula along the Indonesia-Papua New Guinea border.]

Southern regional police commander John Marru said disciplinary and criminal actions would be taken against the policeman.

Mr. Marru said Kiunga policemen and members of a police mobile squad conducted a raid on a store last week after a tip-off, and recovered the stolen items including two telescopic lenses, a false firearm license and a pornographic video CD.

He said the policeman used his position to steal and sell the gun and ammunition to the storeowner, who is out of the province but will be questioned on his return.

In a separate incident, Baimuru police in the Gulf province are investigating a willful murder case, which occurred on December 26.

It was alleged that a suspect stabbed his elder brother after he accused him of having an affair with his wife.

Baimuru police said the suspect used a long double-edged bayonet made from a bush knife to stab his brother, who bled to death.

The suspect escaped with his wife and is being hunted by police.

Mr. Marru said a murder was also reported in the Suau District of Milne Bay province over the holiday period but gave no details.

January 5, 2006

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