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June 25, 2021
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Couples Charged for Kidnapping and Producing False Documents

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By Vasinatta Yama – EM TV News, Mt Hagen

Two couples in Western Highlands Province were arrested and charged for committing two different offenses. The first couple from Mul-Baiyer was charged for kidnapping an adult, while the second couple from Hagen Central electorate was charged for producing false documents to clients. Police are currently investigating this matter.

According to police reports, the first couple, accused, Merilynn Siwi and her husband Max Kapowa of Mul-Baiyer, kidnapped Angela Ken Fairweather, the CEO of Kutubu Transport Goroka and brought her to Baiyer River. When police heard about the news, they intercepted them along the way, with the victim and five other suspects involved in an accident, including the couple and rescued the victim.

Three other accomplices are still on the run. The couple was charged for kidnapping and stealing and both are waiting their court appearance. It was alleged that Merilyn Siwi who was the former Deport Manageress of Kutubu Transport Mt Hagen was suspended for two weeks, when Angela Ken Fairweather was directed to replace her just for two weeks.
Ms Siwi and her husband then refused to accept the news, allegedly kidnapping Mrs Fairweather.

Meanwhile, police have also arrested another couple for producing false documents such as Grade 10 and 12 Certificates, police clearance, character references, birth certificates and such. Provincial Police Commander, Jacob Kamiak, warned other stationery businesses in Mt Hagen against producing false documents or they will face the full force of law.

PPC Kamiak said police recruitment will start soon and he warned potential applicants to bring real documents. There will be a thorough screening on applications for police recruitment.

Both couples will appear in Court next Monday for their bail application.

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