5 Aug 2006

Australian allegedly shot by PNG police

9:28 am on 5 August 2006

An Australian man allegedly shot, wounded and beaten by a carload of drunken police in Papua New Guinea's capital, Port Moresby has been flown to Australia for treatment.

The AAP news agency reports the 36-year-old was hit in the neck or upper back by a bullet allegedly fired by police in an unmarked car when he refused to pull his vehicle over on Wednesday night.

A Department of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman says the man, who is the manager with a chemical manufacturing company in the PNG capital, has been evacuated to Cairns.

She says he was in a stable and non-life threatening condition and Australian consular officials in Port Moresby were liaising with PNG authorities to obtain further information.

A PNG police spokeswoman says police headquarters in Port Moresby had received no reports or formal complaints about the incident, though inquiries were made at Boroko police station in the area where it took place.

PNG police have a reputation for being undisciplined and officers are regularly accused of brutality, thuggery and corruption.