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May 13, 2021
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Suspects Released on Snail Bail

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A victim of car theft has raised concerns on the release of two suspects allegedly involved in the theft of his vehicle.

Jeffrey Haoda told EMTV News his vehicle was stolen on June 2 at Koki, in Port Moresby, but police have allowed the suspects to go free after they were bailed out.

The matter was reported to Hohola Police Station.

According to Haoda, he was on his way to visit a relative when he was held up at gunpoint at Koki, and his vehicle taken from him.

24 hours later, the vehicle was found at Hohola but it was too late as the vehicle was set on fire after its parts were removed.

Haoda went to the scene, and was informed that two men were arrested as suspects in relation to the stealing of his vehicle.

He personally went to the Hohola Police Station and identified the suspects.

Upon following the case, the arresting officer told Hoada that the two suspects were remanded as detainees at the Bomana Prison.

But after two months of follow up, the same arresting officer told Haoda the two suspects were released from custody after paying money to police officers as bail.

Hoada claims to date that the suspects have not appeared in court for the charges laid against them.

At this time, the Hohola Police Station Commander is yet to confirm the details of the alleged releasing of the suspects.

Haoda’s concern is the amount of time police took to prepare court files for the two suspects.

He says while he had the time to inform the media of the incident, there are other cases that are not being reported by the victims.

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