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Papua New Guinea

10 cops in court over Aprils Fools Day raid

BY MICHAEL ARNOLD

marnold@spp.com.pg

TEN policemen are facing the Waigani Committal Court on charges of alleged armed robbery and malicious injury after they raided a club named the White House in Port Moresby on April Fool’s Day.

The 10 were with 12 others who allegedly arrived at the White House in 13 marked and unmarked police cars between 7am and 11am.

The actions of the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary men allegedly caused over a million kina in losses to Rex Manga Waplin Holdings Limited, trading as the “5-Mile Whitehouse Club” in NCD.

Findings from the RPNGC internal investigations unit (IIU) indicate that the officers; Israel Henry, Paul George, Bobby Kawa, Baisy Aiyu, Essau Valu, Nelson Mamesa Sapul, Geriye Aipe, Eake Eao, Stanley Tembon, Junior Huki, and at least 12 others arrived at 5 Mile Whitehouse Club in 13 marked and unmarked police vehicles on April 1 between 7-11am, and allegedly ransacked the establishment, causing more than K1 million in losses and damages.

The Waigani Committal Court heard on Tuesday that the accused had been instructed by the NCD Superintendent Operations to arrest and charge those selling liquor inside RMW Holdings.

Preliminary findings from the investigations unit show that the armed officers had, after arriving at the establishment, allegedly broke the locks to the main roller gate with a seven pound hammer and damaged CCTV cameras on the premises before they set about looting their alcohol stores.

Reports indicate a total loss of about K1.043 million, which included 3,237 cartons of assorted SP Brewery products along with 59 loose bottles and 71 cartons of assorted Trade Winds products and 17 loose bottles and an estimated K301, 903 in cash which was allegedly stolen during the raid.

The complainant and general manager of RMW Holding, Anton Make alleged that he also witnessed the officers’ openly drinking alcohol while they were moving the merchandise onto the vehicles.

However, he was assaulted when he approached the officers trying to protest their illegal actions and explain that the establishment held all the necessary licenses to conduct their business.

The matter is now before the committal court, and further details will be established as the matter progresses.

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