15 Dec 2006

PNG police opposed to new commissioner

4:26 pm on 15 December 2006

Papua New Guinea's police rank and file is strongly opposed to the newly appointed commissioner, Gari Baki.

Mr Baki, a former deputy commissioner, who is still to face charges of mutiny levelled by the former commissioner, Tom Kulunga, was appointed by the national executive council on Wednesday.

Our correspondent in Port Moresby, Alex Rheeney, says that the Police Union is opposed to the way Mr Baki has been put in the role.

"They claim there was political interference in the appointment. What they say is that the Police Minister was not present when the appointment was made in Cabinet on Wednesday and there wasn't any quorum in Cabinet leading up to the appointment. They also said there were three ministers who were behind Mr Gari Baki's appointment."