17 Nov 2003

PNG police yet to reinstate commissioner Vaki

4:28 pm on 17 November 2003

Police in Papua New Guinea have yet to decide whether the suspended Assistant Police Commissioner, Geoffrey Vaki, will be reinstated in his job.

Mr Vaki was suspended a week ago after he was charged with being in contempt of court for failing to pay up when his brother Philip Vaki absconded bail.

Geoffrey Vaki has since paid the surety, and the National Court in Lae last week dismissed the contempt of court charges against him.

In addition, over the weekend he found and rearrested his brother, as the Police Deputy Commissioner, Gari Baki, says he asked him to do.

Mr Baki won't say, however, whether Mr Vaki will now have his suspension lifted; he says this is up to the Police Commissioner, Sam Inguba.

Mr Bakii says he'll make a recommendation to Mr Inguba when he himself receives a report from the acting head of NCD, Emmanuel Hela.

Mr Baki says even though Mr Vaki's done what was wanted, there's a process to be gone through.

"What actions he has done, these are the actions we expected of him to do."

The issue is a disciplinary process and we have a process that goes through regarding suspensions. So, it's not a situation where, because he's done this you simply have to uplift the suspension. No, it's not that case.

Gari Baki also could not say when the matter might be resolved.