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Papua New Guinea

Former cop against police brutality locked up again

A FORMER cop who has taken the fight against police brutality to the doorsteps of the Waigani police station will appear in court this morning.

Former constable Turi Kuruwa, now a private investigator, was re-arrested last Friday, slapped with five criminal charges and locked up at Boroko police station. He is out on bail.

Turi, whose ordeal began on Sept 14, is slowly blazing a path for victims of police brutality by using the social media to expose the dealings of a few rotten cops who prey on innocent and weak members of the public.

The 15-year veteran, who resigned from the force in 2000, will appear this morning to answer five charges brought against him by the same police officers who assaulted and battered him unconsciousness on Sept 14.

The cops were all allegedly under the influence of alcohol when they attacked Turi at Morata as he was driving home with his wife. His case went as far as the attention of the NCD Metropolitan Superintendent Perou N’Dranou’s office.

The Met Supt ordered the Waigani police station commander to bring the policemen involved in the Turi bashing to the Gordon police station to be interviewed this morning.

But instead, it will be Turi who will appear in court at Boroko, after his re-arrest on charges of damaging state property; assaulting a member of the police force (first charge); assaulting a member of the police force (second charge); driving in a negligent manner and consuming alcohol in a moving vehicle.

This is strange as the initial case presented by the rogue cops was withdrawn by the police prosecutor as defective at the district court last week.

When re-arrested, his bail was set at K1500 but after examining his case, NCD Superintendent Operations Michael Tilai reduced his bail to K500 which friends and family posted for Turi to be released.

Three of the policemen identified in the attack on Turi and who have been ordered by their Met Sup to appear at the Gordon Police Station are First Constable Evara Kivovia, Constable Peter Golan and Constable Malachi Boina all based at the Waigani police station.

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