24 Nov 2010

PNG police investigating fatal shooting

8:55 am on 24 November 2010

The police in Papua New Guinea say they have begun to investigate the fatal shooting of six prisoners who were trying to escape from a Western Highlands jail.

But they say almost 40 inmates remain at large more than two weeks after the mass breakout.

Jo O'Brien reports

"The Western Highland police commander Kaiglo Ambane says 39 of the 57 prisoners who escaped from Baisu jail near Mt Hagen on November the 5th remain at large. He says some of the inmates are dangerous and police will continue to search for them, but it is difficult as escapees tend to return to their tribes. The police commander says the police criminal investigations unit at Mt Hagen is now investigating the shootings, which occurred after prison staff used firearms to try to prevent the mass escape. He says Correctional Services are helping with the investigation, despite earlier reported statements from the Corrections Minister and Commissioner that there was no need for an internal investigation. Kaiglo Ambane says he expects to see the investigation's results in a week or more."