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February 25, 2021

Baki Refutes AFP Allegations

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Allegations made by an Australian Federal Police (AFP) Officer of extra-judicial killings and misuse of Australian aid, have been refuted by Police Commissioner, Gari Baki.

The AFP officer, who was stationed in Lae at the time, alleged that an entire village was flattened by a taskforce using bulldozers funded by Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs.

He added that the villagers who had purchased the land and built their homes were forcibly removed, displaced and some were even killed.

Commissioner Baki said the claims that included an allegation that members of the RPNGC executed people during the eviction of settlers, are untrue.

“No such event occurred at Butibum village in the Morobe Province. There is no record of it ever happening and no-one has come forward with any complaint about this allegation,” he said.

He added that the photographs that were published of the alleged shooting were fabricated.  

Baki also rejected claims that officers had used Australian-funded earthmoving equipment to undertake the eviction, saying no aid of that type had been given to PNG.

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