Police Commissioner Sir Tom Kulunga has stepped aside voluntarily today, to allow his Deputy Sam Kauba to take office, pending the court’s decision tomorrow.
This relates to the National Executive Council’s appointment of Geoffrey Vaki as the acting police commissioner.
A planned press conference to clarify this, and other issues by the police hierarchy, was cancelled this afternoon.
After almost an hour’s wait, the journalists were told that the planned conference had to be called off, pending the court’s decision tomorrow.
This planned conference was to clarify issues of the commissioner’s position amongst others.
Following the cancellation, Police Media Director and Acting Executive Officer to the Police Commissioner, Chief Superintendent Dominic Kakas, explained to local and international media the court’s directive on the Prime Minister’s stay order tomorrow.
Issues that were to be clarified today included the findings of an independent Australian forensic firm, whose analysis of the letter pertaining the Prime Minister’s signature is said to be the basis of the warrant of arrest, along with the position of the police commissioner following the appointment of Geoffrey Vaki as acting commissioner by NEC.
In the meantime, Police Chief of Operations Deputy Commissioner Simon Kauba said police will respect the interim restraining orders placed by the National Court and will not arrest Prime Minister Peter O’Neill today.
However, he said that in the interest of national security, he has invited the Prime Minister to voluntarily make himself available to police for the interview to be conducted.
Kauba said, as the leader of our country, he should embrace and welcome the opportunity to clear his name.
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