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Judge Justice Poole Wants Records

The Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary will assist a Commission of Inquiry in Mt Hagen with documents this Friday.

This comes after the Inquiry Chairman and resident Judge, Justice Godwin Poole, summoned Police Commissioner, Gari Baki, to attend the inquiry.

The inquiry was set up by Justice Poole to look into human rights issues that arises in the cellblocks.

This morning Justice Poole asked the Officer in Charge of RPNGC Legal Service to provide records of the condemnation of Banz Police cell in Jiwaka Province.

He asked Chief Superintendent, Nicholas Miviri, to have a thorough check of the records and produce the necessary documents by this Friday, October 14.

The inquiry started after a detainee was murdered in Banz Police Cell by two police personnel in 2015.

When the matter was brought to Justice Poole in Mt Hagen, the National Court found that Banz cellblock was condemned in year 2002, but it is still in use.

Justice Poole has also summoned Jiwaka Provincial Police Commander, Chief Superintendent, Joseph Tondop, to provide documents and records of Banz Cell block.

Today, Tondop appeared in Court and told Justice Poole that he is aware of the condemnation.

Tondop said according to records, there was no constant water supply into the police station which has caused blockage.

Police Minister, Robert Atiyafa, is expected to be summoned soon.

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