PNG POLICE RECALLED FROM LOGGING SITES

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New Commissioner responding to complaints of abuse

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Dec. 6, 2011) – The Papua New Guinea police commissioner has issued a directive recalling all police personnel stationed at logging sites throughout the country to take effect immediately.

Logging companies such as Rimbunan Hijau, have at times arranged and paid for police personnel to be brought into areas, where they may be facing opposition from protestors.

Recently there were allegations of police assault and brutality on villagers in West Pomio in the province of East New Britain, by officers hired by the company.

The police spokesperson Dominic Kakas says the Police Commissioner Tom Kulunga, has responded to complaints.

"Due to the constant instances of alleged abuse of power and assault and so on by the members of the police who have been deployed to the logging sites nationwide it’s given raise to some concerns and Mr. Kalunga has decided to issue a directive to remove all police personnel."

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