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January 17, 2021

Kua: Police Obliged To Follow Through Arrest

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Former Attorney General and Member for Sinasina Yongomugl, Kerenga Kua, says the Police Commissioner, Geoffrey Vaki has no powers left on him, nor can he use his discretion to stop the arrest of Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill.

Kua said the commissioner now had two options; whether to proceed and enforce the warrant of arrest, or not to enforce it, which will result in contempt charges.


He also described the move by the Prime Minister to withdraw his court proceedings, as a move in the right direction.


Mr Kua’s statement today was in response to recent comMen’s by both the Acting Police Commissioner and Prime Minister that the Commissioner had the authority to use his discretion to arrest, or not to arrest the Prime Minister.


He said their stateMen’s were misleading the nation and the police force into believing that the commissioner had discretion to do that.


He said failure to execute the warrant of arrest will result in contempt of court, a violation of the Arrest Act and a breach of the Leadership Code.


On the argument put by the acting commissioner that he needed to see the investigation files to ensure his men had a water-tight case to present; Kua said the files have already been sighted by Kulunga while occupying that chair, and it did not require Vaki to review them.


He said the National and District courts have all found the warrant of arrest to be in’Order, and the Police Commissioner and all his policemen are now obliged to enforce it.


In the meantime, Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill, yesterday announced the withdrawal of all court proceedings he has instituted to stop the warrant of arrest.


He said he will allow the police to do their job and will go in for an interview when required to by the police.


Mr Kua welcomed this announcement but said the Prime Minister should make an appointment and present himself to the police and allow the interview to proceed, instead of waiting for the call from police.


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