October 22, 2019
News

Former Police Commissioner Behind Bars

By Quinton Alomp – EM TV News, Port Moresby

Ousted Police Commissioner, Geoffrey Vaki, is behind bars at the Boroko police cell.

He faces another charge of contempt after he failed to appear in the Waigani National Court.

A bench warrant was issued by Justice Gibbs Salika to have him locked up until his appearance in court.

NCD Metropolitan Superintendent, Ben Turi, confirmed yesterday morning of his arrest.

Turi said if Vaki’s lawyer, Sam Bonner, fails to successfully obtain a bail order, he will be in custody until his court appearance.

Vaki was found guilty of contempt for not executing a court order for the arrest of Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill, last year.

O’Neill was accused by Taskforce Sweep for allegedly fraudulent government payments to local law firm Paraka Lawyers.

The PM declined to turn himself for questioning by police, then sacked the police commissioner, Toami Kulunga, and appointed Geoffrey Vaki.

When Vaki took office, he decided to carry out a fresh investigation into allegations of official corruption against the PM, despite the district court order for the PM’s arrest.

Members of National Fraud and Anti-Corruption then successfully sued Commissioner Vaki for contempt. Vaki was sentenced for three years imprisonment but later his lawyers successfully obtained bail.

Vaki was yesterday locked up at the Boroko police cell after failing to appear in court, and is still being held behind bars.

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