PNG Police Commission Orders Probe Into Fraud Squad

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

Internal inquiry in impartiality, objectivity of officers

By Gorethy Kenneth

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, April 22, 2016) – Police Commissioner Gari Baki has appointed Assistant Commissioner Operations David Manning to head the internal inquiry into the operations of the National Fraud & Anti-Corruption Directorate.

Mr Baki announced yesterday that he used his powers under sections 14 and 153 of the Police Act and section 198 of the PNG Constitution to establish the inquiry.

He also took into consideration the Supreme Court decision in 2014 to powers, functions, duties and responsibilities of the Commissioner.

Yesterday the top cop said this inquiry would be to inquire into and ascertain whether the officers of the National Fraud & Anti-Corruption Directorate are impartial and objective in the discharge of their duties as fraud investigators.

It will ascertain also whether the directorate was operating in accordance with proper police practices and procedures.

These practices included being accountable to the Office of the Commissioner "in so far as the superintendence, efficient organisation, and control of the Force is concerned".

Mr Baki said the inquiry would be conducted by Manning and the special police investigations team and assisted by the Internal Affairs Directorate. The investigation team will complete its work within four weeks.

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