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Papua New Guinea

More arrests expected over ‘White House’ raid

BY MIRIAM ZARRIGA

mzarriga@spp.com.pg

More arrests are expected over the Easter weekend raid in April on the White House at Five-Mile early this year.

It was alleged the raid was carried out without a proper search warrant.

Police internal affairs director Robert Ali said in the process of the interviews of police officers who were caught on CCTV footage more officers were identified who took part in the raid.

“Yes, we are expecting more arrests, investigations are continuing into the incident.”

Mr Ali said he was unable to confirm the number of men who have been named, but as the investigations continue, more officers would be brought in for interviews and charges should be laid.

The CCTV footage shows police officers entering the premises without showing a warrant to the employees and telling the employees to move out of the premises.

They then proceeded to remove cash, and boxes of liquor from the fridge and those that were not in the fridge.

The faces of those who removed the boxes were clearly seen in the footage.

Ten officers have faced the Waigani Committal Court on charges of alleged armed robbery and malicious injury.

The 10 were with 12 others who allegedly arrived at the White House in 13 marked and unmarked police cars between 7am and 11am on April 1.

The actions of the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary men allegedly caused more than K1 million in losses to Rex Manga Waplin Holdings Limited, trading as the “5-Mile Whitehouse Club” in NCD.

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 3237 cartons of beer along with 59 loose bottles and 71 cartons of assorted spirits and 17 loose bottles and an estimated K301,903 in cash which was allegedly stolen during the raid.

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