21 Sep 2004

Australian charged in PNG not under ECP jurisdiction

5:12 pm on 21 September 2004

The Australian High Commission in Papua New Guinea says a Brisbane man who faces charges doesn't fall under the Enhanced Co-operation Program's jurisdiction.

Earlier this month, John Jones was charged with failing to comply with a police direction, provoking a breach of peace, and drunk driving with undue care.

Last Friday Mr Jones appeared briefly in the Waigani Comittal Court before his case was adjourned until October 19.

A spokesperson at the Australian High Commission, Matt Anderson, says Mr Jones is definitely not an ECP official.

"He's a contractor working for a private commercial company and that company has been contracted by the Australian government to help implement the Enhanced Co-operation Programme in the area of logistical support. The treaty under which the ECP personnel will be deployed is quite specific about designated persons and he's not a person or official or any other officer under the Enhanced Co-operation Programme."

Meanwhile, police say investigations have also been launched into allegations that Mr Jones was beaten up by police at the site of his arrest.