PNG JUSTICE TO RIVAL POLICE COMMISSIONERS: AVOID MEDIA

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‘Continuous’ media statements ‘not good for the people’

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, Jan. 17, 2012) – Justice Catherine Davani has advised parties involved in the police commissioner’s post case to stop speaking to the media as it could be sub-judice.

She said the matter was serious and the continuous statements in the media, especially the daily newspapers, were not good for the people.

[PIR editor’s note: The justice’s comments came as Internal Security Minister in the court reinstated Somare government called on the O’Neill appointed Police Commissioner "Tom Kulunga, to respect the rule of law" and step down while police under the authority of Kulunga allegedly have orders to arrest his rival commissioner Yakasa for corruption and bribery. Radio Australia reported that Yakasa failed to turn up to the hearing as he feared being arrested if he did.]

"All citizens of this country are affected by this matter and continuous reports do not help our people," Davani said "Speaking as a citizen, parties involved in the matter must exercise some responsibility and carefulness in the issues surrounding the matter," she said before adjourning the case to next week.

She did not give a definite date on the return of the matter but assured that the rulings on applications would be handed next week.

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