Senior PNG Fraud Squad Officer Charged

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3 counts stemming from nightclub incident

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, July 28, 2014) – A senior officer with the National Fraud Squad has been arrested and charged with three counts of unlawful assault, threatening with a firearm and discharging a firearm in a public place.

Deputy Police Commissioner Operations Jim Andrews said the officer was released on a K1000 [$US400] bail last Friday.

He said the allegations stemmed from an incident that happened on July 12 at a popular night club in Port Moresby where the officer was alleged to have assaulted a Chinese national and fired several shots, causing fear and panic among club patrons.

Andrews said the officer allegedly returned to the night club and paid K1000 [$US400] in compensation but it was alleged some of his colleagues returned to the club the next day and demanded K10,000 [$US4000] from the club management for injuries allegedly sustained by the officer.

He added that the club management reported the matter to police and the officer was apprehended.

"The offence allegedly perpetrated (by the officer) is unacceptable. As an officer he should not abused his position and police issued firearms," Andrews said.

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