15 Jun 2011

PNG Opposition calls for acting PM to step down over murder inquiry

5:14 pm on 15 June 2011

Papua New Guinea's Opposition is calling for the acting Prime Minister Sam Abal to step down while police conduct an inquiry into a murder on his property.

The Police Commissioner says Mr Abal contacted him after a security guard discovered the body of a woman in the grounds of his private residence early on Monday morning.

Anthony Wagambie says witnesses have stated Mr Abal's adopted son was the last person seen in the company of the woman at the Konedobu property and police are appealing for Teo Abal to come in and assist with their inquiry.

Our correspondent in Port Moresby Jonathan Tannos says the Opposition is urging Mr Abal to stand aside in order to avoid interference or impediments to the police inquiry.

"They called on him to step aside saying this was probably the most honourable thing for him to do considering that elsewhere perhaps in the Commonwealth where leaders were directly implicated into serious cases of this nature naturally the leader would step aside to allow investigations."