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January 24, 2021
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Namah Wants Investigation To Be Completed

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Opposition Leader Belden Namah says the impartiality of the investigations into the Paraka case cannot be guaranteed if police are stopped from performing their duties.

Namah's remarks came after the Police Commissioner Tom Kulunga issued directions last week for police not to take part in any investigations relating to the Paraka case.

 

After the Waigani District court aside the warrants of arrest for the Prime Minister and his two ministers last week, Police Commissioner Tom Kulunga also issued a directive for all members of the Royal PNG Constabulary not to take part in any investigation related to the payment of millions of kina to Paul Paraka.

 

The case has been handled by the Task Force Sweep and the directive clearly stated that only those members of the force attached with the Task Force Sweep team were allowed to investigate this case.

 

The opposition leader claimed that the only defect found in the warrants was that the warrants were sought under Section 9 of the Arrest Act when Section 8 was the relevant provision and said the court provided that the investigating officers could return to court to obtain fresh warrants under the correct provision.

 

Namah alleged that the move by the commissioner to suspend the four officers involved in obtaining these warrants was deliberately done to stop police from conducting any further investigations into the matter.

 

He said he was a complainant in the matter and police should investigate this matter.

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