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Police to investigate any threats against LBS decision

Police will be investigating any threats made against the National Judiciary and police after the acquittal of Moresby Northwest MP Lohia Boe Samuel and Fabian Hera on Wednesday afternoon.

The outcome of the case was a heated debate among Papua New Guineans who took to social media platforms voicing their displeasure at the result.

It also prompted police to also have another look how they present their cases and prosecute their cases.

Police Commissioner David Manning confirmed he had directed Assistant Commissioner of Police NCD and Central Anthony Wagambie Jr to take carriage of looking at police cases that have been thrown out of court and were worked by the prosecution and police investigators.

In an interview with Post-Courier Commissioner Manning said that while the frustration was evident by everyone “issuing threats to the judiciary and police investigators, who were only carrying out their Constitutional function.”

“We will be reaching out to the Registrar of Courts and speak to him on the security protocol and if there is a need to enhance security arrangements for the judges.”

Mr Manning said, “This is the last thing we expect and tolerate from those who are frustrated on the outcome of any court decision, police investigators continue to ensure we support a robust judiciary and investigations.”

Mr Manning also said that should anyone have any information, he or she can report to his office to provide information on any particular case, or any officer that is dealing with a case.

“Anyone aggrieved with the outcome of a police investigation to any case, they can come to my office with credible evidence and we will have a team pursue the reports.”