28 Dec 2010

PNG police lay charges against Somare Junior

7:17 am on 28 December 2010

Police in the Papua New Guinea town of Wewak have charge the Prime Minister's son Michael Somare junior with attempted murder.

The charges were laid after a compliant was laid by the Governor of East Sepik Province, Peter Wararu, after a confrontation between the two men.

Our correspondent in Port Moresby, Jonathan Tannos, has the details:

"The governor was on his way somewhere else and then meet with the young Somare and a few words were exchanged, the nature of which is not too clear at this time, but following that it is alleged that Junior Somare went back, picked up a firearm and then came back and fired a shot allegedly in the direction of the governor, where the govenor's residence is."

Police have not said when Michael Somare Jnr is likely to next appear in court.