PNG POLICE INVESTIGATE SHOOTING OF AUSSIE EXECUTIVE

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Sept. 7) – Investigations are still continuing on a case regarding an Australian, who was allegedly shot and wounded by Papua New Guinea police officers in Port Moresby.

It is more than a month since the Australian, an executive manager with KK Kingston Limited, was shot and wounded at Six-Mile on the night of August 2. He was in a critical condition and was airlifted to a Cairns hospital where he was treated and has since been discharged.

Southern region police commander Tony Wagambie said the investigators were still looking into the shooting as the alleged attackers were police officers in civilian clothes and in an unmarked vehicle.

The expatriate was returning from a dinner at a Port Moresby hotel when he was stopped by police, who were allegedly drunk and in the unmarked vehicle. It was alleged that the expatriate did not stop because the police vehicle was unmarked and this resulted in the subsequent shooting and beating of the Australian.

Officer in charge of criminal investigations division Superintendent Peter Guinness confirmed the investigation was continuing and it involved police officers and residents in the vicinity of the shooting on August 2.

It also involved the police officers who were on duty at the night of the shooting, plus civilian witnesses at the vicinity of the shooting.

Australia’s diplomatic officers have told the Post-Courier they were following the case with interest.

[PIR editor’s note: K.K. Kingston Ltd. is a Lae-based manufacturer of industrial and wide-ranging commercial products.]

September 8, 2006

Papua New Guinea Post-Courier: www.postcourier.com.pg/

 

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