PNG Police Seek Former NCD Superintendent For Questioning

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Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

Accused of misconduct in office, Bawa subject of clean-up effort

By Beatrice Bonakoya and Michael Ricky Guba

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, Feb. 23, 2016) – Police are looking for former National Capital District Metropolitan Superintendent Anderson Bawa to be questioned over allegations of misconduct in office, his successor, Benjamin Turi, says.

Turi told The National yesterday that they were appealing to Bawa, who they believed was somewhere in Port Moresby, to front up for questioning over certain matters raised against him when he was holding the top position in the national capital.

Turi said the allegations included the use of funds allocated for security during the 2015 Pacific Games.

Bawa was posted to Mt Hagen in a major reshuffle by Police Commissioner Gari Baki last year. But police believe that he is currently not in Mt Hagen.

The National tried to contact him on his mobile phone yesterday for a comment but it kept ringing out.

Turi said they had not obtained any arrest warrant for Bawa to give him the opportunity to come voluntarily to be questioned over the matters raised against him.

Investigations under Bawa’s command yet to be concluded include the Tatana shooting in 2014, the killing of notorious bank robber Willam Kapris in 2014, and the Hanuabada shooting in early 2015.

Turi said some police guns were also missing.

"There have been a lot of cover-ups. A lot of criminals we have arrested are talking. They’ve been tortured," Turi said.

"There have been a lot of crimes committed during that (Bawa’s) time."

Turi said police were also after a group of officers under Bawa’s command.

"A lot of these officers have started their security companies and some security companies have weapons with them," he said.

Turi said he wanted to clean up the police force and retain only honest officers.

"If I don’t do it now, who is going to do it? Police corruption has been bad in the past 10 years," Turi said.

Several senior officers have been arrested over corruption-related offences.

Meanwhile, Acting Assistant Police Commissioner Victor Isouve said in a statement yesterday an ex-sergeant arrested at the weekend for attempted murder of a police detective in 2014 was in police custody and "remains innocent until proven guilty by the courts".

Isouve said other outstanding cases implicating police officers would also be investigated and appropriate disciplinary and criminal actions would be taken against them.

Police are also investigating the Hanuabada shooting.

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